Court of Appeals of Versailles Recognizes Right to Research on Plant Biotechnology
News Feb 03, 2010
Seed companies in France have filed an application to resume testing of transgenic maize in open field after the Court of Appeals of Versailles sentenced to three months the 53 anti-GM corn growers who destroyed the transgenic corn plot in Poinville (Eure-et-Loir) in 2007. The international group Seeds and Seedlings (GNIS) is hopeful that the testing will be carried out to its completion. "The government has announced that research on biotechnology is recognized as a national priority as it should benefit from the distribution of large funds; we now expect it proves a concrete act by allowing the faster resumption of testing," said Philip Gratian spokes- person of GNIS.
The French version can be seen at http://www.agrisalon.com/06-actu/article-23479.php
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