Limagrain, Europe's largest seed cooperative, is moving its research tests on genetically modified organisms to the United States, specifically about 1,000 tests on GM crops this year alone in Illinois.
Part of the reason for the move is the strongly anti-GM sentiment of the French citizens who requested a ban on commercial use of Monsanto’s 810 GM strain of corn. Repeated attacks by activists on the test fields were also a concern.
The U.S. will not only welcome the companies research division, Biogemma, and the GM crop tests, but U.S. farmers are even eligible for crop insurance discounts, approved by the U.S. government, if they can prove they've planted enough biotech corn.
Some disturbing news with regard to GM crops is the rapid rise of resistant pests and weeds to the GM strains — more rapid adapting than what is normally seen with conventional pesticides and herbicides.
Perhaps it is time to say au revoir to the fairly screwed Big Ag system here in the states and hello to a return to being an Expat. Don't think the spouse would mind. And the Kiddo? When I tell her that in France, preschoolers get served a cheese plate with lunch, she'll be ready to roll. Check the menu for yourself, Lamb and Couscous Tagine for the under-fives.
Hey, KatieZ, know a good place for us to settle in?