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December 13, 2015

Peasant Farmers, Beekeepers File Injunction Against Planting GM Soybean in Quintana Roo

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Peasant Farmers, Beekeepers File Injunction Against Planting GM Soybean in Quintana Roo



Matilde Pérez U.                                                                                                                   La Jornada, 8th December 2015

Small campesinos and beekeepers in Bacalar, western Quintana Roo, filed a petition for amparo against the permit for the commercial planting of genetically modified soya beans on 253,500 hectares in seven states, including Quintana Roo.

The campesinos, members of the Seed Collective Much’ Kanan I’inaj, joined the opposition to the GM Soya bean by their counterparts in Yucatán and Campeche, who have also filed for amparos. Chetumal Ecosur researchers confirmed the presence of GM Soya bean in the ejido of Salamanca in the municipality of Bacalar.

José Manuel Jesús Puc, one of the farmers who filed the amparo, stated that the technology package [for cultivating GM Soybean], including its agrochemically-based production system, “puts at risk our way of life and the territory in which we live,” before adding that “the constitutional right of communities to a free, prior and informed consultation was violated.”

Puc denied the assertion of César Armando Rosales Cancino, delegate of the Secretariat of Agriculture (SAGARPA), that there is no planting of GM Soya beans in the state.

Gerardo Tallavas Gascón, the group’s legal representative, reported that the amparo petition was filed on October 22, “following a series of ups and down in the courts of Cancún and Chetumal.”

The legal proceedings will be held in the Sixth District Court of Quintana Roo based in Chetumal, presided over by Judge Reynaldo Piñón Rangel. The process is in its final phase, so the farmers and beekeepers are awaiting the ruling.

Rogel Villanueva Gutiérrez, researcher at Ecosur Chetumal, stated that 47 samples of seeds collected in the ejidos of Salamanca and Blanca Flor, municipality of Bacalar, were analyzed [with the following results]:

  • Blanca Flor: 29 samples were taken, none were positive [for GMO]; and
  • Salamanca: 18 samples were taken, eight were confirmed genetically modified.

Villanueva Gutiérrez pointed out that the monoculture and intensive farming associated with genetically modified organisms [GMOs] brings about the logging of forests, leaving the soils free of plant cover and exposing them to rain and strong winds. Further, successful cultivation of GM soybeans depends on agrochemicals, which directly affect the pollinators. He said:

“The Colony Collapse Disorder of honeybee colonies that has been taking place in the United States and Europe for 10 years is a clear example of how agrochemicals can affect pollinating insects.”

Translated by Jane Brundage




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