Mon 810 ban confirmed
Athens - The Greek government has confirmed to uphold its ban on Monsanto’s genetically engineered Bt maize Mon 810 during 2011. In Germany, the St. Lous-based company last week lost a lawsuit to lift the ban, established by German agriculture minister Ilse Aigner, who refered to studies suggesting its Cry1Ab toxin could have negative effects on non-target organisms such as ladybirds. Reseachers had criticised the studies as being flawed, because the observed effects contradicted all established toxicity models. Monsanto stated that the studies would not provide evidence that Mon 810 is unsafe. But the lawyers confirmed that the suspicion of a negative effect is sufficient to establish a ban. Mon 810 has been grown world-wide since more than 10 years without any reported negative effect.