Mexico: The birthplace of corn bans GMO maize

Mexico: The birthplace of corn bans GMO maize

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A judge in Mexico City has issued an injunction that suspends genetically engineered corn from being planted in the country, citing an imminent risk of harm to the environment. The suspension is effective immediately and ends the Mexican government’s field trials of GMO corn. Manufacturers of genetically-altered strains of the staple such as agribusiness giants Monsanto and DuPont are no longer permitted to farm or sell their seeds within Mexican territory. Activists who launched the lawsuit intend on making the halt permanent.

The ruling prohibits both the environmental and agriculture ministries from approving any further requests to carry out studies using the products. In essence, this reinstates the moratorium on growing GMO corn effective since 1988.

Adelita San Vicente Tello, President of the Semillas de Vida, A.C. foundation – one of the associations and foundations that came together to file and win the class A lawsuit – said: “We as (defending) organisations insist that all these permits are illegal. They have bypassed Bio-Security Act and are in violation of all existing bio-security measures that protect Mexico as Centre of Origin.” Tello, along with her fellow campaigners, fear the monopolisation and “privatisation of corn”.

Imported corn, however, is not affected by the court’s decision and can continue to be sold regardless of its genetic status.

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