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Study Supports Ban on Planting of Genetically Modified Corn in Mexico

ISSN:1089-1560
LADB Article ID: 80178
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-01-11
By: Carlos Navarro

A Mexican researcher has published a study indicating that genetically modified corn does not provide significant benefits over native varieties. The study, conducted by Elena Lazos Chavero, a scientist with the social research entity Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) found that GMO corn does not result in higher yields or resistance to drought or disease than native varieties. According to the study, Mexico has between 59 and 64 native varieties of corn, which are competing with the GMO imports. “We do not need the transgenic corn,” said Lazos Chavero, pointing out that Mexico has sufficient genetic diversity to cover domestic needs. Livestock and poultry producers in northern states have joined multinational seed companies, without success, in the effort to gain approval to plant genetically altered yellow corn. They argue that Mexico should be able to produce its own corn for the livestock industry rather than rely on imports.

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