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Islander
08-09-11, 09:20 PM
March 5, 2011 (https://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2011/03/05/two-mexican-states-ban-gm-corn/)
By Aleira Lara, Greenpeace (http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/the-fight-is-still-going-on-over-mexican-maiz/blog/33535)

Because of the lack of interest of federal government to protect the large diversity of Mexican maize against the contamination of GM crop, Michoacán State congress passed by a majority the “Law of Promotion and Protection of Native Maize as Alimentary Patrimony of Michoacán State”, which will allow the protection of 18 of the 59 races of this crop that exist in Mexico. Michoacán is the fourth largest maize producer on a national scale and represents 30 percent of Mexico’s total maize crop area.

Michoacán’s initiative follows the recent approval of the “Law of Promotion and Protection of Native Maize as an original patrimony, in constant diversification, and alimentary for Tlaxcala State”. Both states decided to go ahead with the protection of such an important crop for Mexican society.

This process is directly related to the lack of political will of the federal government to promote local production and the fierce interest of multinational companies such as Monsanto, Syngenta, Pioneer and Dow Agroscience to impose GM maize within Mexican territory. We hope that this process will continue and that more and more states will protect their maizes races, especially the northern states that are currently developing GM maize experimental trials such as “Sinaloa” and “Chihuahua”.

Read more: https://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2011/03/05/two-mexican-states-ban-gm-corn/