Wednesday, October 23, 2013

MEXICO BANS GMO CORN!!

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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...


http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_28510.cfm

"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

http://www.care2.com/causes/mexico-bans-gmo-corn-effective-immediately.html#ixzz2iQTU71vs

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