Monsanto is not pushing for expansion of genetically modified crops in most of Europe as opposition to its biotech seeds in many countries remains high, company officials said on Friday.
European officials for St. Louis-based Monsanto told the German daily Taz that they were no longer doing any lobbying work for cultivation in Europe and not seeking any new approvals for genetically modified plants.
"We've come to the conclusion that this has no broad acceptance at the moment,'' Monsanto Germany spokeswoman, Ursula Luttmer-Ouazane, told Taz.
Monsanto corporate spokesman Thomas Helscher said on Friday that the company is making it clear that it will only pursue market penetration of biotech crops in areas that provide broad support.
"We're going to sell the GM seeds only where they enjoy broad farmer support, broad political support and a functioning regulatory system,'' Helscher told Reuters. "As far as we're convinced this only applies to a few countries in Europe today, primarily Spain and Portugal.''