Note: While this article mentions a ban on GE corn, in reality it’s more like a temporary suspension of new GE corn approvals, while the government continues to discuss it’s potential impacts. Already granted field trials will continue and are not suspended.
What this means is that the fight is far from over — we know that the biotech industry will use this opportunity to sink millions of dollars into PR campaigns and phony science in attempts to push past this suspension. Keep an eye out for calls for solidarity from food sovereignty organizers in Mexico as this case moves forward.
-The GJEP Team
By Devon G. Peña, October 11, 2013 Source: Environmental Food & Justice
An October 10 press release with Mexico City byline announced 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 (Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca, y Alimentación), 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”.