U.S. farmers urge Washington to challenge Mexico's looming ban on GM corn
Farmers in the United States are urging their government to challenge a looming Mexican ban on genetically modified (GM) corn under a regional free trade agreement, warning of billions of dollars of economic damage to both countries.
A late 2020 decree by Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador would phase out GM corn and the herbicide glyphosate by 2024. Supporters of the ban say GM seeds can contaminate Mexico's age-old native varieties, and point to research showing adverse effects of glyphosate.
Washington could potentially raise a dispute under the agriculture chapter of the USMCA stipulating cooperation between members on an individual government's regulation of imports, according to Raul Urteaga, a former Mexican government official and founder of consulting group Global Agrotrade Advisors.
Garrison, C. (2022, 26 de septiembre). U.S. farmers urge Washington to challenge Mexico's looming ban on GM corn. Reuters. https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/us-farmers-urge-washington-challenge-mexicos-looming-ban-gm-corn-2022-09-26/