EU ruling: Italian ban on GMO maize not lawful



willow68

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EU rules Italian ban on GMO crop unlawful

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe’s top court ruled on Wednesday that Italy had been wrong to ban cultivation of an EU-approved genetically modified (GMO) maize as it had failed to show there was a serious risk to public health or the environment.

The European Union approved use of the GMO maize, Monsanto’s MON 810 in 1998, but the Italian government asked the European Commission in 2013 to ban it after two Italian scientific studies questioned its safety.​

‘GM seed choice shouldn’t be dictated’: Italian farmers question EU court ruling on Monsanto corn

“These crops are forbidden because we still do not understand what the consequences are. So far, there has been no proper and in-depth research. For this reason, we do not know in five years, ten years, twenty years, what can happen,” Mauro Uniformi, Vice President of the Association of Agronomist and Forest Doctors, told RT.

The court [...] says that it cannot approve of emergency measures prohibiting MON 810 on the “basis of the precautionary principle” unless there is a direct health risk.​

Should Italy be able to decide for itself whether or not to allow use of the GMO maize, on Italian soil?

Should it be able to do so on the basis of the precautionary principle?
This is all part of Agenda 21... the evil evil bustards. Does Bill Gates eat GMO maize? Does Zuckerberg? Not on your nellie.
 

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Personaly, I think it's good news. The ban is based on nothing more than half-digested rumour.

You can use the precautionary principle as an argument not to go out the door in the morning.
The world wide - especially third world - shenanigans of Monsanto should be cause enough for any sane country to keep them out. Do you have any idea of their doings with patented seeds etc?
 

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The world wide - especially third world - shenanigans of Monsanto should be cause enough for any sane country to keep them out. Do you have any idea of their doings with patented seeds etc?
The Monsantos of the world that are the largest single reason in my mind to resist widespread consumption of GMOs.
 

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The Monsantos of the world that are the largest single reason in my mind to resist widespread consumption of GMOs.
The patenting is far more lethal than any Genetic Modifications. This is the most evil company on the face of the earth.
 

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Once gmos get into the reproductive chain it may be impossible to remove and become an intergenerational curse or blessing.
 

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One could argue that nuclear technology is fantastic, pointing to the wonders of nuclear power plants. They can keep the lights on. Although some technologies have a dark side...
The problem with nuclear technology is the waste.

No workable, economic, solution has been found for the waste problem.

GM has many useful applications with limited risk.

GM crops have unlimited risk because they can reproduce, and they have long term and unknowable impacts on the flora and fauna around them
 

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The problem with nuclear technology is the waste.

No workable, economic, solution has been found for the waste problem.

GM has many useful applications with limited risk.

GM crops have unlimited risk because they can reproduce, and they have long term and unknowable impacts on the flora and fauna around them
Look up molten salt reactors.
 

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GMO is a generic term, but each GM seed type uses different tecniques and different inserted GM material.

MON 810 is designed to express Bt in every cell of every plant.

There are a number of problems with MON 810, but the build up of resistance in pests is probably the most straightforward and easily understood.

I have spoken to a number of geneticists and Genetic Engineers. GM is a fantastic technology which has huge potential for specific applications, but not when it is allowed grow in the wild and crossbreed.
The seeds are hybrid. Mr Monsanto made sure of that, or didn't you know ?
 

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Yes, and ........... ?
They can't crossbreed if they're hybrid, can they ? Do you seriously think that Monsanto are going to sell seeds for a crop from which future seeds can be harvested ?
 

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They can't crossbreed if they're hybrid, can they ? Do you seriously think that Monsanto are going to sell seeds for a crop from which future seeds can be harvested ?
You are making assumptions.

Incorrect assumptions.
 


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