According to the Xinhua News Agency, Paris, December 22, the French Supreme Council of Biotechnology announced on the 22nd that the agency had determined through research that planting transgenic corn "does more harm than good", which made it even more distant for France to cancel the ban on planting transgenic corn.
At the beginning of 2008, France announced that it would suspend the cultivation of MON810 genetically modified corn, the only genetically modified crop in China, developed by Monsanto in the United States
At the end of June 2001, it said that this transgenic corn variety was safe and reliable, and would not cause harm to health and the environment. For this reason, the French government requested the Supreme Council of Biotechnology to assess the feasibility of lifting the ban.
The Commission issued a communiqu é on the same day, saying that the two institutions under the Commission - the Economic, Ethics and Social Commission and the Scientific Committee - had given a negative answer. The former believes that the unfavorable factors of planting MON810 transgenic maize are more than the favorable factors; The latter said that, due to the lack of data from experimental fields and laboratories, the European Food Safety Agency was still unable to answer some questions.
France has long been hostile to genetically modified crops. Many French people believe that although transgenic technology can improve crop yield or enhance the ability of crops to resist diseases and pests, it may have a negative impact on the environment and human health. France also does not have any advantages in the planting and research of genetically modified crops, so it has always opposed the entry of new genetically modified products into the EU market.