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Jun 25, 2007

Mexico - Minister of Agriculture Sets Course To Approve GM Corn Plantings

On 25 June 2007 Pesticide & Chemical News reported that Mexico's Minister of Agriculture, Alberto Cardenas had recently stated that Mexico should aggressively pursue the latest seed technology, including gene-modifed (GM) maize. 
Mexico's Minister of Agriculture,
Alberto Cardenas

Leaders of the politically powerful National Conference of Small-Scale Farmers (CNC) and the affiliated Mexican National Association of Corn Producers (CNPAMM) set the stage for Cardenas' announcement when they signed an agreement with Monsanto establishing conditions for field trials beginning in August. 

President Calderon's administration would rather see Mexican farmers "increase their competitiveness through the use of advanced seed technology rather than through subsidies that the federal government can ill afford. Researchers at Mexico's National Genome Biodiversity Laboratory support the administration's pro-biotech stance, pointing out that increased yields combined with the impending reduction in U.S. subsidies to corn producers will make it easier for Mexican farmers to compete."

Cardenas' statement was opposed by the PRD party, Greenpeace, and consumer advocacy groups. Rep. Carlos Ernesto Navarro warned [w]e need to protect our native corn varieties by promoting their advantages and soliciting protected designations of origin because they are our national patrimony."

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