Mexico delays glyphosate ban again, but presidential decree bans genetically modified corn

Maize (Corn)
Regulation & Compliances
Published Apr 2, 2024

Tridge summary

In February 2023, Mexico announced an extension of its deadline to ban glyphosate until March 31, 2024, due to the unavailability of alternatives for agriculture. Additionally, the country plans to ban genetically modified (GM) corn for human consumption and aims to gradually eliminate its use in animal feed or industrial processes to safeguard local corn varieties. This decision has sparked a conflict with the United States, which contends that the ban breaches the market access provisions of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In response, the U.S. has sought the formation of a USMCA dispute settlement panel to resolve the matter, highlighting the significance of Mexico as a major importer of U.S. GM corn. This development is part of Mexico's broader initiative to prohibit glyphosate and genetically modified crops, an effort that has previously encountered legal obstacles.
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According to a government statement, a presidential decree in February 2023 extended the deadline for the glyphosate ban to March 31, 2024, subject to the availability of alternatives. "As the replacement of glyphosate in agriculture has not yet been achieved," the statement said "The conditions under which they are used must therefore be in the interest of safeguarding national food security," where alternatives may include other agrochemicals that are safe for health, as well as weed control mechanisms that do not involve the use of herbicides. In addition, the decree bans genetically modified corn for human consumption and calls for the phasing out of genetically modified corn used in animal feed or industrial processing. Mexico said the move was aimed at protecting local corn varieties. But the move was challenged by the United States, which said it violated market access rules agreed in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). According to data from the U.S. ...
Source: Foodmate
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