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Federal Judge Upholds Mexican GM Ban after over '100 Appeals by Biotech'


Opponents of growing genetically modified corn in Mexico, the country known for over 30 varieties of non-GM maize, has prevailed. A federal judge upheld a GM ban that was put in place years ago.

Mexico is known for its biodiversity, which supports numerous varieties of maize. It is in fact considered their birthplace, and if GM corn had not been banned, corn developed over thousands of years would be in jeopardy of cross-pollination.

Fortunately, federal judge Benjamin Soto Sánchez, head of the second Unitarian Court in Civil and Administrative Matters of the First Circuit, upheld the provisional suspension that prohibits pertinent federal agencies from processing and granting the privilege of sowing or releasing into Mexico's ecosystem any transgenic maize.

The federal suspension has been active since September 2013 despite 100 challenges by transnational agribusinesses like Monsanto, as well as biotech interests and the federal government.