French GMO cultivation ban declared illegal
Highest court concludes that 4 studies from the French government to justify ban fail to demonstrate risk of GMOs
On 15 April 2016, the highest French court (Conseil d’Etat) declared the national ban on cultivation of GMO maize illegal. This is already the fourth time that the French government’s bans have been revoked by the highest courts (three times by the Conseil d’Etat in 2011 and 2013, and now again, and once by the European Court of Justice in 2011). The Conseil d’Etat ruled that such a ban would only have been legal at the time it was imposed, if there had been proof of any risks, but stated that the four studies provided by the French government to justify the ban did not permit the conclusion that any such risk existed. European scientists have shown again and again that GM crops pose no risk to health or the environment and, in fact, have health, socio-economic and environmental benefits. EuropaBio has repeatedly emphasised that a license to ban cultivation of GM crops is a step backwards for the EU, which is already lagging far behind the rest of the world in the application of agricultural biotechnology.