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Mexico Temporarily Bans GMO Corn

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In a groundbreaking turn of events, Mexican authorities placed a ban on genetically-modified corn within their borders.

Giant biotech companies like Monsanto will no longer be able to sell or plant their corn in Mexico.

This follows on the heels of of Peru’s decision to ban GMO corn last year, and for many of the same reasons.

Mexico eats, sleeps, and breathes corn. With more than 20,000 native varieties of the plant and historically recognized as the “birthplace of corn,” the country is obviously motivated to protect its cultural heritage and biodiversity — both of which are at risk due to cross-contamination from genetically-modified crops.

The action came as the result of a series of lawsuits filed against the Mexican federal government and biotech companies by community based organizations concerned about the contamination of their crops with unwanted transgenic corn.

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.
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This marks a major victory for Mexican farmers and activists.

The ruling came with teeth — serious enforcement provisions which allow for the possibility of “criminal charges for the authorities responsible for allowing the introduction of transgenic corn in our country.” (source)

According to the press release, the goal of the collective lawsuits is to force an “absolute federal declaration of the suspension of the introduction of transgenic maize in all its various forms.” (source)

The lawsuits themselves are supported with an incredible amount of evidence documenting the contamination of Mexico’s native corn varieties with unwanted genetically-modified genes. The campaign collecting the bulk of this evidence is Sin Maiz No Hay Pais (Without Corn, There is No Country).

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7 Responses to Mexico Temporarily Bans GMO Corn
  1. Emilie Vardaman
    October 18, 2013 | 8:01 pm

    This is such wonderful news! I spend a lot of time in Mexico and am delighted that my tortillas will be GMO free!

  2. Skye
    October 21, 2013 | 10:07 am

    Woohoooo! This makes me so, so happy to hear!

    And yes, criminal charges are definitely in order for the “authorities” who allowed GMOs not just in Mexico, but in every other country.

  3. Alma
    October 22, 2013 | 11:51 am

    Great news!!
    I’m wondering why I can’t find this information in the mexican media … Thanks for sharing :-)

  4. Lori
    October 22, 2013 | 8:29 pm

    Score 1 for Mexico,0 for Monsanto.
    Very proud of them for taking a stand.

  5. Mahatma Muhjesbude
    October 23, 2013 | 7:52 am

    This definitely is good news. It’s kind of embarrassing, however, that it takes another country to shed the light on the need for our own country to quit poisoning itself. We’re big on hype and signs and protests and blogging…but somehow we can’t get our corrupt legislators, who are supposed to be protecting us, ban dangerous corporatism from killing us?

    Now if Mexico could also ban Chem-trails–also a Monsanto Franken-experiment–then i’d consider moving there.

  6. Crystal
    December 17, 2013 | 12:47 pm

    Hi Kristen,

    My family has been fully organic and minimally processed for a YEAR now and it has been amazing for us. My kids don’t get sick anymore, my husband is off blood pressure meds and I feel all around better.

    We don’t eat out anymore because I have found that almost anything found in a restaurant I can make better at home. However there are things I dearly miss, like for instance my grandparents’ pozole. I have avoided it because of the hominy. My family does consume organic corn occasionally but is the corn used in hominy GMO? I assume it is because it is my understanding that hominy comes from corn soaked in lye. Have you ever heard of or come across organic hominy, or at least non-gmo? My google skills are failing me. I just want some pozole without worrying about feeding my family GMOs! Thank you. :)

  7. bahan ajar sd
    May 12, 2014 | 8:31 pm

    Amazing issues here. I’m very glad to look your article. Thanks a lot and I’m taking a look ahead to touch you. Will you please drop me a mail?

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