Mexican Judge rules to ban GM Corn planting

Published on: Oct 21, 2013

A Federal District Court Judge in Mexico issued an injunction Oct. 10 halting the planting and selling of genetically modified (GM) corn in the country effective immediately.

Judge Jaime Eduardo Verdugo J. of the Twelfth District Court for Civil Matters of Mexico cited “the risk of damage to the environment” as the determining factor in the final ruling.  The ruling ordered the Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture and Secretary of Environment to “suspend all activities involving the planting of transgenic corn in the country and end the granting of permission for experimental and pilot commercial plantings.”

The court ruling occurred approximately two years after the Mexican government temporarily postponed the expansion of GM corn testing by international seed companies such as Monsanto, DuPOnt Pioneer, Syngenta, PHI Mexico and Dow AgroScience.

Last July, 53 citizens and 20 civil associations filed suit to prevent field trials of GM Corn planned in Mexico by seed companies.  

The import of GM Corn from the U.S. into the country has already been approved by the Mexican government.

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