New CEC report stokes Mexican biosafety debate


A new report on transgenic corn here has added fuel to the already-hot debate about how Mexico—and other developing countries—ought to regulate the importation and cultivation of genetically modified farm products. The 61-page report, “Maize and Biodiversity: The Effects of Transgenic Maize in Mexico,” was published by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), the trilateral agency created under the environmental side-accord to the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). Issued Nov. 8, the report emphasizes that it found no evidence of health or environmental risk from the transgenic contamination detected in some Mexican corn crops in recent years despite laws here prohibiting the cultivation of bioengineered corn. Nor does it warn against allowing cultivation in Mexico of transgenic corn, which... [Log in to read more]

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