I am celebrating great news, announced Oct. 16. After years of deliberation, a Mexican judge placed an indefinite ban on genetically engineered corn. Effective immediately. Multinational corporations like Monsanto, DuPont and other biotech companies won’t be allowed to plant or sell their corn within the country’s borders.
Some consider Mexico the birthplace of corn. Corn is sacred to many indigenous cultures.
It is a staple food crop in Mexico. Genetically modified corn has contaminated some of the native species, and authorities are concerned that it could cause both health and environmental issues.
For years now, concerned Mexican farmers have been struggling to keep their crops GMO free, and work to recover areas that have already been contaminated.
Judge Jaime Eduardo Verdugo J. of the Twelfth Federal District Court for Civil Matters of Mexico City ruled that the genetically engineered corn posed “the risk of imminent harm to the environment.” He also ordered Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture and SEMARNAT, equivalent to the U.S. EPA, to immediately “suspend all activities involving the planting of transgenic corn in the country and end the granting of permission for experimental and pilot commercial plantings.”
This is a huge victory. The new ruling provides at least temporary protection for the 20,000 varieties of corn grown in Mexico. This decision came just days after thousands of people in over 50 countries participated in the global March
I encourage everyone to refuse to buy and consume GMOs. It is still possible to avoid them. The more that we refuse to buy them, the closer we reach the tipping point, where more large food companies demand non-GMO crops to be grown.
I trust the Non-GMO Project Verified label. I know of many other non-GMO products that are not yet labeled as such, but can still be trusted.
Consider supporting the Committee for a GMO Free Humboldt and their efforts to get the Humboldt County Genetic Contamination Prevention Ordinance on our ballot for November, 2014. It would prohibit the cultivation, propagation, and raising of GMOs in Humboldt County if we vote yes.
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Committee for a GMO Free Humboldt
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Arcata, CA 95518
Humboldt County can be that place where real food is grown.