The United States goes one step further in its dispute with Mexico over transgenic corn

Maize (Corn)
United States
Published Jun 4, 2023

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AFP / United States reported on Friday that it requested a consultation mechanism to resolve its disagreement with the agricultural policies applied by Mexico against transgenic corn. The consultations, which are taking place under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), relate to Mexico's plans to phase out the use of GM corn in animal feed and products for human consumption, among other measures, which provokes the ire of Washington. "The United States has repeatedly conveyed its concerns that Mexico's biotechnology policies are not science-based and threaten to disrupt United States exports to Mexico to the detriment of agricultural producers," said the representative. of US Commerce (USTR), Katherine Tai, in a statement. "We will continue to work with the Mexican government through these consultations to resolve our concerns," he added.

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In response, the Mexican Ministry of Economy reported this Friday in a statement that it will "defend the position" of the country in the consultations. He affirmed that he will demonstrate "with hard data and evidence" that his policy "has no affectation or commercial interest for the United States" since Mexico produces enough corn to meet its human consumption, and that the measure promotes the preservation of its production with native seeds, in line with the environmental chapter of the trade pact. It also alleged that the measures have allowed the local health regulator to authorize new biotech corn seeds and to reassess previous denials, and that although it seeks to transition to the use of non-transgenic corn for animal feed "this will not mean trade restrictions." Friday's request follows an earlier request for technical consultations made in March. The process was carried out, but it could not resolve the issue, a senior USTR official told reporters. Going forward, the ...
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