Friday, March 28, 2008

Romania mulls national ban on Monsanto maize

BUCHAREST, March 27 (Reuters) - Romania's environment ministry wants to impose a national cultivation ban on Monsanto (MON.N: Quote, Profile, Research) MON 810 genetically modified maize this year, minister Attila Korodi said on Thursday.

"We're in the process of forming a committee on biosecurity that can start (working) on April 15. Taking into account all the European studies which raised too many questions regarding this maize, we will ask it to give a verdict," minister Attila Korodi told Reuters by telephone.

"We will request the committee to consider a ban on the commercial cultivation of MON 810 because we are worried."

Korodi said Romania has put around 330 hectares under MON 810 last year.

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