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Sun Oct 13, 2013, 01:55 AM

GEO Watch: Mexico bans transgenic corn - Judge rules that GMOs are imminent threat

MONSANTO, PIONEER, PROHIBITED FROM MARKETING TRANSGENIC SEED

Devon G. Peña | Seattle, WA | October 11, 2013




An October 10 press release with Mexico City byline announces the banning of genetically-engineered corn in Mexico. According to the group that issued the press release, La Coperacha, a federal judge has ordered Mexico’s SAGARPA (Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca, y Alimentación), which is Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture, and SEMARNAT (Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales), which is equivalent of the EPA, to immediately “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 unprecedented ban was granted by the Twelfth Federal District Court for Civil Matters of Mexico City. Judge Jaime Eduardo Verdugo J. wrote the opinion and cited “the risk of imminent harm to the environment” as the basis for the decision. The judge’s ruling also ruled that multinationals like Monsanto and Pioneer are “banned from the release of transgenic maize in the Mexican countryside” as long as collective action lawsuits initiated by citizens, farmers, scientists, and civil society organizations are working their way through the judicial system.

The decision was explained during a press conference in Mexico City yesterday by members of the community-based organizations that sued federal authorities and companies introducing transgenic maize into Mexico. The group, Acción Colectiva, is led by Father Miguel Concha of the Human Rights Center Fray Francisco de Vittoria; Victor Suarez of ANEC (National Association of Rural Commercialization Entertprises); Dr. Mercedes Lopéz of Vía Organica; and Adelita San Vicente, a teacher and member of Semillas de Vida, a national organization that has been involved in broad-based social action projects to protect Mexico’s extraordinary status as a major world center of food crop biodiversity.

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cui bono Oct 2013 #1
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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Sun Oct 13, 2013, 07:09 AM

1. Good! Anyone who hasn't seen it should watch the documentary

The World According to Monsanto

Also, a filmmaker was on with Bill Maher who made a doc about GMOs. Don't remember the title though...

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Response to cui bono (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 13, 2013, 10:02 AM

3. World according to Monsanto



The book is better, but hey

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Sun Oct 13, 2013, 09:57 AM

2. Yeah. Every success leads to another. n/t

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