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Published on February 27th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

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Monsanto’s GMO corn comes to Mexico

monsanto's GMO corn comes to mexico

Monsanto has been pushing to get their GM corn into Mexico since 2008, and there have been quite a few test plantings in Mexico already. So, what’s going on now with GMOs in Mexico?

Back in 2011, Mexico experienced a severe cold snap and drought that devastated corn crops. Monsanto used the corn shortage to start a high-pressure PR campaign for their GM corn that spring. (See: Mexico stands up to Monsanto). Meanwhile, some scientists are arguing that the GM corn isn’t drought resistant. The folks at Foreign Policy in Focus commented on this push back in April 2011:

As the food crisis looms, the real danger – for the nourishment, health and culture of the country – is in choosing the Monsanto agenda over strengthening national agriculture. The cultivation of transgenics will accelerate the loss of Mexico’s food sovereignty and contaminate vital native strains of corn.

Unfortunately, Monsanto’s PR campaign seems to have worked, and that spring (April 2011) Mexico greenlit plantings of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn in Mexico. Commercial planting of Monsanto’s corn began in February of this year (2012).

Think of Mexico as the birthplace of corn. It’s where the ancient crop was first cultivated, and Mexico has dozens of variety of corn. As with other GM crops, there’s the danger of cross-contamination to consider. According to GM Watch:

…even the small quantity of experimental transgenic corn that was grown under controlled conditions in the north may have spread as far as the southern state of Oaxaca.

Right now, Monsanto’s corn is growing only in a couple of arid regions in Mexico, but given the threat of cross-contamination even these limited planting threaten biodiversity there. Not only is monocropping bad for the soil, but as we’ve seen over and over, these GM crops breed superweeds, which means farmers spray more and more pesticides to keep weeds at bay. .

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(Crossposted from our sister blog, Eat Drink Better. Image Credit: Creative Commons photo from mattdente.)




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  • http://www.lenaldis.co.uk Len Aldis

    Sorry to read that Mexico has fallen for Monsanto’s GM Corn, very bad move and hope that the authorities will quickly change this before it is to late. Monsanto is the world’s most dangerous company and so very powerful with a number of its ex! employees holding high positions in Obama’s Governmnent.
    If not stopped NOW, Mexico and its people will pay later with illnesses etc.
    Monsanto also said that its Agent Orange was safe, and if the readers wanta to know how safe, let them go to: http://www.aoag.org

  • Someone Anonymous

    i am a student in school and i know for a FACT you are wrong Len. Congrats to Mexico for finally upgrading! the fact that a developing country is going to be able to feed the poor is wonderful! they are safe within limits like Ready Roundup Corn, or how about we send over some Goats that now produce vaccines in their milk! this would bring down disease if they drank their milk! way to go Mexico!

    • http://www.vivalamilpa.com chula

      Dear Someone Anonymous,
      I see that you feel proud of what you have learned in school and I also encourage you to do your research. There is nothing to congratulate Mexico on here. I know how it is o take pride in what we know and have learned. But doing your own research is crucial. The company who makes the genetically modified foods funds schools as long as the schools will comply to support their cause. This means teaching certain things and NOT teaching others. I encourage you to at least take a few moments to watch this most recent video on lab rat studies that was just released.
      link for video
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njd0RugGjAg&feature=share

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