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Call for GM Corn of the Mexican Agricultural Associations

February 4, 2011

In northern Mexico, ten agricultural associations have expressed their sentiments in the government's continued indifference to genetically modified (GM) corn. These associations in Mexican states of Sinaloa, Sonora, Chihuahua and Tamaulipas call for the lifting of the ‘obstacles' in planting GM corn to increase the competitiveness of Mexico's corn industry.

Corn is the country's staple food and Mexico imports nine million tons, equivalent to 30% of its national consumption, which is mostly GM. The group also calls for an expanded use of the technology which the farming community in the Mexican countryside has been without, and other countries already have been enjoying for the more than a decade.

The original news article in Spanish can be viewed at http://www.agrobio.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7792