This story was sent to us from a longtime supporter and ally who offered succinct and trenchant context for it: “Troubles with acceptance in the U.S…..Europe…..Hey!…..Why not force the issue on Mexico? It’s a mad, mad world.”
The center for GMO corn could very well be part of Monsanto’s push into Mexico, which has already been fought back by farmers and other members of the public there (see photo above and story attached to it).
But, note the real weirdness here in messaging: Monsanto is calling this a “global” center and claims that the goal of the center is to create new corn crops that can handle the “diseases and stresses….caused by global climate change.” Really? Monsanto comes to rescue again: Just ask the farmers in India, Brazil or Iowa how grateful they already are! I think they’d say that they’re busy enough fighting the diseases and stresses caused by Monsanto.
By Gabriel Stargardter. Reuters. September 29, 2014.
MEXICO CITY, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Global seed technology giant Monsanto said on Monday it has launched a global center in Mexico for developing new hybrid and genetically modified strains of corn, part of the company’s push to boost output of the planet’s most widely produced grain.
The center, based in Tlajomulco de Zuniga on the southern fringe of the western city of Guadalajara, will be used to centralize development of Monsanto’s corn seed research, mainly for the U.S. market, the company said.
“The aim is to create new varieties tolerant to diseases and the stresses that affect maize cultivation all over the world due to growing negative conditions caused by global climate change,” the company said in a statement.