Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2013
MEXICO BANS GMO CORN!!
So proud of Mexico but I hope it's not to late. So much damage has been done. I wish Canada would stand up and ban it. When are we going to get with the program...
"An October 10 press release with Mexico City byline announces the
banning of genetically-engineered corn in Mexico. According to the group
that issued the press release, La Coperacha, a federal judge has
ordered Mexico's SAGARPA (Secretaria
de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca, y Alimentacion),
which is Mexico's Secretary of Agriculture, and SEMARNAT
(Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales), which is
equivalent of the EPA, to immediately "suspend all activities involving
the planting of transgenic corn in the country and end the granting of
permission for experimental and pilot commercial plantings".
The unprecedented ban was granted by the Twelfth Federal District Court
for Civil Matters of Mexico City. Judge Jaime Eduardo Verdugo J. wrote
the opinion and cited "the risk of imminent harm to the environment" as
the basis for the decision. The judge's ruling also ruled that
multinationals like Monsanto and Pioneer are banned from the release of
transgenic maize in the Mexican countryside" as long as collective
action lawsuits initiated by citizens, farmers, scientists, and civil
society organizations are working their way through the judicial system." read more
The decision comes nearly two years after Care2 reported that the Mexican government had put Monsanto’s GE corn on hold, citing the need for more tests.
“Corn is a staple food crop in Mexico,
intricately intertwined with the country’s cuisine, history, and
culture. Authorities are concerned that Monsanto’s genetically modified
corn will contaminate native species, and could cause both health and
environmental issues,” Care2 reported at the time.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/mexico-bans-gmo-corn-effective-immediately.html#ixzz2ic9dC7p6