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Mexico considers adding GMO corn ban to the constitution

Maize (Corn)
Mexico
Regulation & Compliances
Published Feb 23, 2024

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On Mexico's Constitution Day, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador introduced 20 constitutional reform proposals, one of which pertains to the use of genetically modified (transgenic) corn for human consumption and animal feed. The proposal discusses the toxicity of fertilizers, the need for independent scientific research, and the importance of biological diversity. It also recognizes corn as a fundamental staple and a symbol of national identity, which should be free from genetic modifications. The future of transgenic corn in animal feeds and its imports remains uncertain.
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On February 5, Constitution Day in Mexico, the Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) decided to present 20 constitutional reform proposals, less than nine months before finishing his administration. They say that all the social proposals – such as retirement pensions, salaries, scholarships and so on – will not have any problems in passing. The opposition will not pose any arguments against those. But problems might rise with others. One of the proposals is the ongoing battle on transgenic corn and human consumption and the fuzzy ties with animal feeding that this government has undertaken. Nonetheless, one of the surprising things is that the general media did not even mention this very important matter, something that affects daily life. They do mention animal welfare or fracking, for instance. This transgenic corn “soap opera” has been going for several years. It was supposed to end this past January, but the timetable has moved it to November of this year, ...
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