Leader of the state trial farm at Tystofte, Gerhard Deneken and former minister of agriculture Eva Kjer Hansen shows the story on GMO corn. Credit: Danish Ministry of Agriculture

Last year, Monsanto quietly halted production on genetically modified corn in most of Europe.

Outside of Spain, Portugal and Czech Republic, the international agribusiness company stated not to spend any more money on the development and marketing of genetically modified corn in Europe.

“We will not spend any more money to convince people to plant them,” said Brandon Mitchener, public affairs lead for Monsanto in Europe and Middle East, in an interview with Investigative Reporting Denmark.

The decision followed a move by Monsanto to withdraw testing of five new varieties of genetically modified corn that was resistant to the herbicide Round-Up by 2012.

The company asked to keep trial results private and since it withdrew the varieties before testing was completed, trial data was not published.

According to a report released by the Investigative Reporting Denmark, Monsanto’s new varieties failed trials by 2011 and would not be allowed to grow in Europe based on the first two years of data.

Read more on Investigative Reporting Denmark.

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