US and International Businesses Support Mexico’s Efforts to Restrict GM Corn

The No-GMO Project has expanded its services to Mexico, verifying all non-GMO products for sale. At the same time, Mexico took measures to stop the import of transgenics for human consumption in foods such as pasta and tortillas, in addition to banning glyphosate-based herbicides. US federal officials are pushing for greater engagement with agriculture and commerce through significant lobbying.

Since the Mexican government’s new decree does not prohibit the importation of industrial GM corn, it is strange that the US government continues to threaten Mexico with a legal dispute under the USMCA.”, said Ramón Vera Herrera of GRAIN, an international organization that advocates for farmers and social movements in the pursuit of community-controlled food systems based on biodiversity. “The only explanation we see is that the United States is bullying Mexico to get more than what was agreed in the trade agreement.”.

Trade ban on transgenic corn

Currently, Mexico prohibits the commercial cultivation of transgenic maize. President López Obrador also promised to gradually replace non-GM corn with imported GM corn for industrial and food use. By 2024, glyphosate-based herbicides will be phased out in response to concerns from international agencies and researchers regarding their use. Glyphosate is commonly found accompanying many GM crops and is a “probable human carcinogen”.

US and international companies, NGOs, and many individuals are actively supporting Mexico’s food sovereignty movement, understanding that a GMO-free future is essential. The Non-GMO Project garnered a significant amount of support in a short period of time, as evidenced by the 400+ signatures present in its public signature letter. This shows that the USDA’s position is being challenged even within the domestic market.

As a leading company in the food ingredients sector, Milhão Ingredients recognizes the importance of offering healthy and sustainable food options to our consumers.”, Bárbara Castro Magalhães, representative of Milhão Ingredients, stated “We believe that producing non-GMO food is an important way to promote the health and well-being of consumers and we are excited to support this project in Mexico. We appreciate the opportunity to be together in this cause for a healthier and more sustainable future.”.

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Preserving Mexico’s Cultural Heritage with Project No-GMO

The Non-GMO Project applauds Mexico’s efforts to restrict corn genetically modified in its attempt to safeguard native corn varieties and preserve Mexico’s cultural heritage,” said Megan Westgate, executive director of the Non-GMO Project. “We are proud that our label expansion coincides with this bold move to build the non-GMO food supply while protecting Mexico’s sovereignty.”.

The Non-GMO Project announced that it will check Mexican products to ensure they meet the organization’s standards for avoiding GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), regardless of the outcome of the current trade dispute. Mexico took a strong stand to protect its sovereignty by creating the Butterfly label. This label allows Mexican buyers to easily identify non-GMO products. Now appears in over 100,000 articles in the US and Canada.

About the Non-GMO Project

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization with the goal of preserving the non-GMO food supply. Its butterfly seal is widely recognized as North America’s most trusted way to verify that food products are free from GMOs. Our labeling standards ensure that brands and retailers demonstrate their commitment to non-GMO options and full transparency of the food products desired by shoppers, embodying meaning and trust.

More information at www.nongmoproject.org

With information from https://consumidoresorganicos.org/2023/05/02/empresas-estadounidenses-e-internacionales-apoyan-los-esfuerzos-de-mexico-para-restringir-el-maiz-transgenico/#:~:text=Bellingham% 2C%20WA%20%E2%80%93%20El%20Project%20No

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