Lawsuit agains GM corn in Mexico
Posted by Dobie on March 18, 2016, 9:55 am
From the Organic Consumers Association: |
On March 8, 2016, Mexican farmers, consumers and activists won a federal appeals court ruling to prevent genetically engineered corn from being grown in Mexico until a class action lawsuit, filed by scientists, consumers, small farmers and activists has been resolved.
The March 8 ruling allows the biotech industry to continue experimental trials of GM corn, but with a new twist—the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) will now require regular assessments of the impact of the of the test crops on neighboring non-GM fields and human health.
This recent victory follows a seven-year battle that has drawn together a broad coalition of coalition of individuals and civil society organizations, including scientists, farming groups, beekeepers, indigenous groups, environmental groups, human rights groups and artists bound together by a single mission: to protect the integrity of Mexico’s most popular agricultural crop.
OCA’s Mexico-based team, working through our sister organizations, Vía Orgánica and Asociación de Consumidores Orgánicos, is proud to have played a role in achieving this victory. We also know that this is just the first of many legal hurdles we will have to overcome in our continued battle to defend the integrity and diversity of Mexico’s corn and its connection with an entire culture. So far, OCA has contributed $30,000 to this critical legal battle.