Ségolène Royal and Stéphane Le Foll welcomed the Senate’s vote on the bill permanently prohibiting the cultivation of all varieties of genetically modified maize. They also praised the Council of State’s decision confirming the order prohibiting the cultivation of MON810.
On Monday 5 May the Council of State rejected the maize producers’ application and confirmed the order issued by the Minister of Agriculture on 14 April 2014 prohibiting the cultivation of genetically modified MON810 maize. The summary applications judge considered that “the applicants did not provide justification for an emergency situation” and that “the order did not pose an immediate and serious threat to the economic situation of the applicants or the sector”.
On Friday 2 May anti-GMO activists had uprooted transgenic maize plants on a plot near Saubens (31). The plot had been sown before the ban of 14 March 2014 and was subsequently notified to the Minister of Agriculture. A second farmer had also submitted a declaration of MON 863 maize cultivation. The seeds had been bought in Spain. Inspections were immediately carried out by the regional offices of the Ministry of Agriculture in order to investigate the origins of the seeds, the plots concerned and the sowing conditions.
Ségolène Royal and Stéphane Le Foll, who reiterated the Government’s determination this weekend to remain fully engaged in order to ensure compliance with the prohibition on GMO cultivation, praised the decision of the Council of State.
The two ministers also welcomed the Senate’s vote, the same day, on the bill already adopted by the National Assembly which permanently prohibits the cultivation of all varieties of genetically modified maize.