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A Mexico judge has placed an indefinite ban on genetically engineered corn.
Effective immediately, companies like Monsanto and DuPont/Pioneer will no longer be allowed to plant or sell their corn within the country’s borders.
According to Environmental Food and Justice, Judge Jaime Eduardo Verdugo J. of the Twelfth Federal District Court for Civil Matters of Mexico City wrote that the genetically engineered corn posed ”the risk of imminent harm to the environment.”
Last July, a coalition of 53 groups and individuals, including scientists, activists and human rights groups, filed suit to block field trials of genetically modified corn planned by most of the major international corn seed companies in Mexico.
The ruling, which is a suspension, was considered a major victory for the groups because it was the first time Mexican courts were willing to weigh in on the debate over risks and benefits of this technology.
The judge cited the risk of imminent harm to the environment as the basis for his decision.
Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture, Enrique Martinez y Martinez, told the newspaper, El Economista, that the agriculture department has always planned to base its decisions regarding the field testing of genetically modified corn based on scientific criteria. But, the delays and litigation is now in the hands of attorneys and, for the moment, there will be no more permits.
Depending on how the litigation plays out, and whether it becomes a trade issue, this latest development may actually increase U.S. corn exports to Mexico.
reply to post by HardCorps
I wondered the same thing there is allot of cross border stuff (not counting the drugs and corruption) and if the makers of GMO get kicked out of Mexico there would be serious problems with U.S. exports to Mexico.. Maybe with money and political clout the ruling will get overturned? The C2C broadcast for the first hour was worth a hearing IMO
Supposedly as discussed on C2C the test for GMO lasted 90 days to see if there were harmful effects with mice. 90 days no problems, however, test where GMO was feed for 150 days the mice developed tumors. By the 3rd generation of the mice subjects, their fertility had been greatly reduced and in some cases they became sterile.. I have read and heard the same thing from different sources over the years.. I it true or just hype..?