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Transgenic corn cultivations banned
Inter Press Service
11/9/2006
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The Mexican government has ruled to ban the cultivation of genetically-modified corn, though imports of this grain — mainly from the United States — continue to enter the country.

Mexico’s Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria, the government’s food safety monitoring board, ruled Oct. 16 to ban cultivations of transgenic corn seeds from the Monsato, Dow Agrosciences and Pioneer companies for the third time since 2005.

The ban was based in the fact that a 2003 biosecurity law has not been regulated yet, and there is no agreement to determine the geographic locations of this grain’s origin. The Special Corn Protection Regimen has still to be defined, as stated by current norms.

Genetically-modified products are highly controversial throughout the world because of the clout that a few transnational companies have over it and of the possible negative health and environmental effects they can cause.

Corn is an essential part of the Mexican diet. Some 3.1 million campesinos grow corn, and the majority of the seeds they used are extracted from their own crops.


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