KWS on GMO activities in Europe
The media have reported that Monsanto intends to withdraw all submissions for the cultivation of genetically modified crops in farming operations in the EU. The lack of public and political support for the use of genetic engineering methods in plant breeding has been well-known at KWS for a long time. This is the reason why we do not†conduct field trials with genetically modified plants in Germany anymore.
In 2008, KWS and Monsanto filed jointly a submission for Roundup-ready sugarbeets at European authorities. The current review by the EFSA is an examination of our safety assessment. For the reasons given above, we will not marketing this product in the foreseeable future.
Dr. Henning von der Ohe
Head of Corporate Development & Communications