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Oct 30, 2009

Mexico Debates GM Corn Experimental Field Testing Permits

The Age, an Australian multi-media company reports on the debate in Mexico over whether to permit the testing of gene-modified (GM) corn (maize).

According to this article, after a ten ban on GM corn, the government of Mexico has issued 22 permits to Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences and Pioneer, allowing these companies to carry out field tests on GM corn in north and west Mexico.  Contamination of native varieties is to be elimininated by keeping the GE corn fields isolated.

In recent years, Mexico's imports of yellow corn from the United States have been increasing at an alarming rate.  Most of this is used as cattle feed.  Rising costs have been reflected in the increasing costs of beef and other food.  According to this article, "The [GM corn field] tests are part of efforts to help the country return to maize self-sufficiency and keep food prices down. 

Photo credit: Corn varieties, USDA, Agricultural Research Service.

For more see: Nicholson, Sophie.  "Tests on treasured maize ignite fears in Mexico." The Age (Australia), 30 Oct. 2009.

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