The MADR issued this statement following the information recently published by the Agent Green, regarding the toxicity of the genetically modified corn MON 810, authorized for EU imports, cultivation and consumption.
The non-governmental organization Agent Green has recently requested Environment Minister Borbely Lazlo to protect the human and the environmental health and to ban the import and growing of the genetically modified corn MON 810. The request is based on the assumption that this kind of corn presents signs of toxicity for kidneys and liver and negatively influences the way in which the heart, adrenal glands and spleen function, as a study conducted on animals at Rouen and Caen Universities showed.
According to the ministry, the EFSA – the EU competent scientific authority – says with respect to the 2009 study signed by Vendomois et. al. on the compared effects of three types of genetically modified corn upon the animal health that ‘the authors’ statements on the side effects which might indicate high toxicity levels in kidneys and liver are not sustained by the data presented in the paper.’
The High Council of Biotechnology that French parliamentarian Francois Grosdidier had asked to perform a scientific assessment of the conclusions reached in the Vendomois et. al. study came to the same conclusion. According to MADR data, the genetically modified corn MON 810 was cultivated in EU on an area of approximately 100,000 hectares in Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany and Romania in 2008.
The area grown to MON810 corn in Romania was 3,243.5 hectares last year. In 2007-2008, the Romanian farmers had a total harvest of around 44,000 tonnes of genetically modified corn on a total area of 10,572 hectares. The MON810 corn is a genetically modified organism (GMO) produced and patented by the agro-chemical company Monsanto, traded in Romania under the YieldGuard brand.
The cultivation of this GMO is banned in France, Austria, Hungary, Luxembourg and Greece. Other 15 EU states decided not to cultivate it, though they did not ban it.