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June 19, 2015

Mexican Government Hid Presence of GMOs in Native Corns – Citizen Lawsuit

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Mexican Government Hid Presence of GMOs in Native Corns – Citizen Lawsuit

Aristegui News

Photo: Cuartoscuro Archive/Enríque Ordóñez

Photo: Cuartoscuro Archive/Enríque Ordóñez

In connection with the class action lawsuit against genetically modified corn the Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) hid from the Twelfth District Court in Civil Matters in the Federal District that between 2004 and 2012 the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC), a public body chaired by the Secretary of the Environment himself, detected in several cases the illegal presence of GM corn in native corns in six states of the Republic.

René Sánchez Galindo, lawyer for the campaign Sin Maíz No Hay País [Without Corn There Is No Country], explained that Semarnat lied to the federal court in answering the class action lawsuit filed by 53 citizens and 20 civil organizations. In September 2013, they obtained an injunction to suspend the processing and authorization of permits for planting GM corn that has remained in force for 21 months and has withstood 93 challenges in 17 different federal courts.

The false information provided by Semarnat has been taken up again by the defendant transnational corporations: Monsanto, Syngenta, Pioneer-Dupont and Dow Agrosciences, in connection with judicial processing of the class action lawsuit.

The information from the INECC, Sánchez Galindo added, demonstrates that the flow of pollen and/or seed is uncontrollable. Commercial planting of GMOs has not even been approved, and the presence of GMOs in native corn varieties already exists.

By law, the presence of corns modified through genetic engineering should be zero. The cause could be due either to the importation of GM yellow corn for consumption, mainly by cattle, or to experimental and pilot plantings between 2009 and 2013.

If commercial planting of GM corn were to be allowed, the effect on the human right to the conservation, sustainable use and biodiversity of native corn varieties and their wild relatives, would be irreversible.

Translated by Jane Brundage

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  1. Reblogged this on Indiĝenaj Inteligenteco.

    Comment by aboriginalpress — June 19, 2015 @ 9:45 pm


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