Monsanto Sues Germany Over Corn Ban

US biotech giant Monsanto is suing Germany over its decision to ban the planting of its genetically modified corn type MON 810.

Monsanto confirmed a report in the Handelsblatt newspaper that it had filed a suit in a court in the northern German city of Braunschweig, aiming to overturn the ban on GM corn.

German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner said last week that the corn is dangerous for the environment, specifically Monarch butterflies and other insects.

"There is a justifiable reason to believe that genetically modified maize of the type MON 810 presents a danger to the environment," she told reporters.

The MON 810 strain is the only genetically modified corn variety approved in the European Union and was approved for commercial use in the EU in 1998.