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Mexico Approves GM Corn Trials

October 23, 2009

The Mexican government has approved the first field trials of genetically modified corn in the country. According to a joint statement by the country's agriculture (SAGARPA) and environment (SEMARNAT) ministries, the field tests "will be limited to a specific area, totally isolated from other crops, and will be monitored closely by the government." The statement, however, didn't mention companies or institutions involved or the site of the field tests. The ministries also said that 35 permit requests had been made.

Mexico is the world's fourth largest corn producer, producing some 22.5 million tons annually according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The statement (in Spanish) is available at http://www.presidencia.gob.mx/prensa/?contenido=49586