German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner announced today that Germany is banning the planting of a specific genetically modified (GM) crops. The reason? It’s dangerous for the environment.

Monsanto, the US based biotech giant (some would say monster), is the producer of the genetically modified corn MON810. The cultivation and the sale of MON810 are now prohibited in Germany.

Germany is not the first country to ban the use of MON810. France, Austria, Greece, Hungary, and Luxemburg already have banned its planting.

MON810 was the only GM crop allowed in Germany so the ban essentially removes all GM crops from the country. It is currently the only GM crop permitted to be planted in the EU. However, Minister Aigner made it clear that this decision was an individual case and she wasn’t making decision on future policies regarding GM crops.

Spiegel Online reports that Monsanto has already released a statement saying they would look into the question of taking legal proceedings against Germany as quickly as possible. 

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Germany bans Monsanto's MON810
Germany bans the use of MON810 due to environmental concerns. Monsanto is not happy.