The US is disappointed with Mexico for a decree that prohibits transgenic corn – El Sol de México

The US is disappointed with Mexico for a decree that prohibits transgenic corn – El Sol de México

The US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, He said he was disappointed after the decree that prohibits pprohibits the use and import of transgenic corn in our country and noted that the United States adheres to a trade “based on science”.

In a statement, Tom Vilsack, said his office is “carefully” reviewing Mexico’s new decree on corn and that he will work with the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to ensure that science-based trade “stands strong.”

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“The United States believes in and adheres to a trading system based on science and rules, and remains committed to avoiding disruption to bilateral agricultural trade and economic harm to US and Mexican growers,” Vilsack said.

GMO corn banned

On Monday, February 13, a decree was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) to revoke and remove transition date for phasing out GM corn.

In that sense, no further authorizations will be issued for the use and import of transgenic corn for human consumptionas well as the glyphosate and agrochemicals that contain it.

The eighth article of this decree specifies that “the implementation of alternatives for the gradual substitution in the country of genetically modified corn for animal feed and industrial use for human food must be carried out based on criteria of sufficiency in the supply and in congruence with the food self-sufficiency policies“.

The decree provides for actions for the gradual substitution of grain whose industrialization generates products intended for human consumption, from December 31, 2020 to January 31, 2024.

“At the end of said period and the sufficiency in the supply of corn without glyphosate is reached, this use should not generate products intended for human consumption,” the decree details.

The prohibition is not total, since this corn may be used in the manufacture of other products such as cosmetics, textiles, footwear, paper, constructionamong others.

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The inter-secretariat commissions for Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms and for the Control of the Process and Use of Pesticides and Toxic Substances will be the ones that must define the public policies that allow the establishment of traceability mechanisms for genetically modified corn and glyphosate, as appropriate.

|| With information from Bertha Becerra | The Sun of Mexico ||

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