A French administrative court today overturned a 2012 ban on Monsanto’s MON810 genetically modified maize.  The Conseil d’Etat stated that such a ban could only be imposed in the case of an emergency or a serious health or environmental risk.  In a preliminary hearing earlier this month, the Conseil d’Etat had already found that there was no scientific justification for the ban.

In response to the ruling, French Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll reiterated that France “is not in favour of GM, especially MON810 which is a corn that is resistant to herbicides.”