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Mexico Bans GMO Corn, Effective Immediately

Just when you think there’s no winning against the biotech industry, news out of Mexico City shows that all is not lost. After years of deliberation, a Mexico judge has placed an indefinite ban on genetically-engineered corn. Effective immediately, companies like Monsanto and DuPont/Pioneer will no longer be allowed to plant or sell their corn within the country’s borders.

The decision comes nearly two years after Care2 reported that the Mexican government had put Monsanto’s GE corn on hold, citing the need for more tests.

“Corn is a staple food crop in Mexico, intricately intertwined with the country’s cuisine, history, and culture. Authorities are concerned that Monsanto’s genetically modified corn will contaminate native species, and could cause both health and environmental issues,” Care2 reported at the time.

Now, it appears that Mexican authorities have finally made their decision. According to Environmental Food and Justice, 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 (Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales), 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.”

The ruling means that Monsanto and other biotech companies will be required to halt all activities in the country, giving collective action lawsuits initiated by citizens, farmers, scientists and other concerned parties a chance to work their way through the judicial system.

More: http://www.care2.com/causes/mexico-bans-gmo-corn-effective-i...

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this report says corn imports are not affected

http://grist.org/news/gmo-corn-crop-trials-suspended-in-mexico/

that's about a third of corn use in Mexico, goes mostly for livestock.

Still, Mexicans eat A LOT of corn, so it is a big hit for Monsanto. And this shows it can be beat.

Release the Sandy Hook video.

Corn isn't that great...

Not sure non-GMO corn is much better. Maybe should try for a sustainable, perennial source of starch...

Thank you. What a beautiful, sane, uplifting presentation!

YES! We need to operate with "ECOLOGY as our method of agriculture." YES! "NATURE is the only model we have" that has consistently worked no matter what. I just love it that the idea of restoration - vs. production - as the goal, with LOVE part of the equation, outperforms the production model in... production (too). I watched from where you keyed it up. Later I'm going to watch it all again, from the beginning.

Hearing what was at the crux of Shepard's presentation - the principles at the heart of it all, I began to think of the Rocky Mountain Institute. RMI wouldn't appear to be connected to the Central RM Permaculture Institute he spoke of (though I'm sure they know of each other); nonetheless, you might want to check out RMI. When I first learned about RMI, I was struck by the goal of, not recycling but, creating systems with Zero Waste to begin with. That's what Shepard's farm is all about.

While RMI is more geared to energy & engineering, one of the most impressive of (founder) Amory Lovins' anecdotes concerned a highly successful European applejack company that wished to conserve on energy with its production facilities. After Lovins made his recommendations (e.g., saving energy/money by changing some of the pipes used to transport the cider from one place to another), he inquired as to what the company did with the prunings from its apple trees. To make a long story short: Lovins determined that composting the prunings (vs. burning them) created a perfect environment for mushrooms; the company ended up making as much money exporting mushrooms - than its production of applejack, i.e., profiting from what it had once considered waste. http://www.rmi.org/Guiding%20Principles

I also thought about biodynamic farming, predicated on the same understanding that Shepard has as to the need to view farms as a SYSTEM. Whether agriculture, healthcare, education, or otherwise, that's the way of the future - being able to see how things inter-relate. While relating to the honeybee crisis (bees on biodynamic farms do fine), it's the idea expressed in Part I of a poem I posted here a while back: To Bee or Not To Bee http://www.dailypaul.com/281864/to-bee-or-not-to-bee

Thanks again, js290. And, really, relating to so many different areas, I hope you'll make this video into its own post. Well, if you already did, I guess I missed it. But it's not only informative. It's inspiring!

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Don't worry. That noise was just a GMO myth exploding.

"Shockingly, comparisons also reveal that Purity’s GM baby cereals cost 250% more than non-GM cereals, exploding the myth that GM free food is an expensive and impractical luxury." http://sustainablepulse.com/2013/05/12/nestle-folds-to-consu...

Interesting fun fact re Italy. "Italy: The four regions Tuscany, Molise, Lazio and Marche and around 25 provinces, cities and communes banned GE crops crops, including Rome, Milan... These are all democratically-taken decisions in local or regional councils and in the case of Tuscany, the result has been ratified by the national government - the decision means that regional governments have been given the authority under Italian law to overturn decisions taken at EU level. http://www.organicconsumers.org/gefood/countrieswithbans.cfm

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

GREAT NEWS!!! Banning Monsanto is like banning serial killers.

It's crazy that some people think, systematic serial killers should have a right to freely exercise their skills until all people become aware of their secretive activities and choose to stop being victims. Monsanto is a globally murderous company, period. They operates in America with complete immunity. What's wrong with this picture from a liberty perspective? Everything!

Rights, I say f_ck their rights!

"A vote for the lesser of two evils is a vote to keep things the same", Buckminster Fuller..
A choice for liberty is always a choice for liberty.

mexico city

is not the ultimate authority.this is probably false ..

Use Google wisely

Here is another press report from Mexico: http://aristeguinoticias.com/1010/mexico/suspende-juez-permi...
Use Google Chrome and click on translate...

A good way to defend your freedoms: www.libertymagazine.org

Bump.

This should be one of the best pieces of regulation that a Government can do. The ultimate Government coercion should be ban fiat currency - this would prevent companies like Monsatan to exist in the first place.

Ron Paul is bigger and better than the Tea Party

For any Paul supporter stupid enough to think you are a Tea Partier.
Ask yourself:
-How often did the Tea Party protest corporate executives in Regulatory Agencies (they didn't, they just wanted to weaken Congressional oversight of said agencies).
-How often did the Tea Party protest the militarization of our police departments, and privitization of our security apparatuses? (they didn't, they screamed loudly for war in Syria, and MORE defense spending. Amongst Tea Partiers you will find no parsing of the myth of a dangerous Iran; because they themselves help peddle it).
-How often did the Tea Party fight against Theocratic lawmaking? (never, they engaged in theocratic lawmaking, and use of religion to deny women their personal health rights)

The Ron Paul I support is no party to this Tea Party.

Mexico bans Monsanto

And another thing, no one is reporting this in the US mainstream media.
Why, because your media in this country is garbage.

Ban of GMO

Amazing that so many of Paul's supporters have a problem with the Mexican Government ban of GMO's.
For chrissakes people, you are not Tea Partiers, you are US Constitutionalists; which means that if an oligarchical company wants to exploit and poison the people of this country you will defend them.
Your own (US) politicians have already been bought, sold and installed in your "regulatory" agencies.
Mexico is doing what a government should - protecting it's people from monopolistic vultures; and in doing so, protecting the largest remaining stash of heirloom corn varietals in the world.

Can anyone recommend a site for

purchasing any heirloom, non-gmo vegetable seeds?

Thanks!

Prices look to be very reasonable, too!

No worries

Happy Gardening!

Government Bans are not the Answer to Liberty

The free market will respond and we have the added benefit of not asking a government to initiate violence upon the market.

Who knows, maybe GMO is no big deal, and we are all panicking for nothing. However, our family is not taking any chances with Lab-Coat food.

Thus, why I was so happy when shopping at Meijer and I nearly fell over when in the cereal aisle, the Meijer Brand Raisin Brand had on the front of its box:

"Produced from Non-GMO Ingredients."

Needless to say, Post just lost a customer. :)

What 'free' market?

?

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

How does the free market

fix political control of a market? If a company bullies it's competition out of business and legally claims ownership of the natural commons in perpetuity, what remedy do you suggest, if not law? Violence? Is violence free market?

When corporations

own insects (Oxitec), and trees (Arborgen), with property rights that extend into the natural world and perpetuate through generations, what kind of market is this? If your company finds its patented dna in my orchard, you own my orchard? These are the new legal rights that are upheld by our courts. The Mexican ruling is simply giving farmers and consumers time to wage this battle.

I don't Disagree

However more violence into a market does not seem a reasonable way to remove the first instance of violence, i.e the fundamental changes made at the turn of the century to patent and copyright laws.

Somebody explain me why

Somebody explain me why everybody here is happy at a government ban? Does anybody here believe in the free market to attract a niche market for non-GMO products? Or do we need government for that? What if a prefer to consume GMO products? Am I not free to do so?

"When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." Ben Franklin

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What we need: state labeling

laws on GMO's. Yes, that does involve government.
In my home state of Wisconsin, we also need a governor who is not afraid to speak up against a "jobs" "industry" that really is only a huge SCAM. We have two of those in Wisconsin: both "green": Ethanol & Industrial Wind Turbines. Subsidies artificially inflate any possible "need" for ethanol which only artificially inflates the need for GMO corn.

Where is Liberty-Belle?...
"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

"My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them".
Senator Barry Goldwater, Senator Rand Paul
and others.

“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Not if you insist

that cross pollination with my crop gives you ownership of my crop.

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What gives you the right ...

... to tell me what I can put in my body?

I'd rather be a hungry patriot than a satisfied slave.

Anti-monopoly

laws. Does Monsanto own your gut bacteria, if its pesticide producing corn dna jumps into your gut and continues to produce pesticide?

We should be appalled

This is a libertarian website! We should be appalled that the Mexican government banned ANYTHING!!!!

Libertarian philosophy says that people must make up their own minds about what to put in their own bodies. From Heroin and Cocaine to organic foods, libertarians believe in your right to choose.
Another tenant is private property rights. If you want to grow crops of weed... go right ahead (municipal zoning laws may apply). Same goes for growing your own GMO's... As libertarians we do not get to choose how other people wish to carry out their lives. We can disagree. Even preach our disagreement. But if people wish to grow, consume or trade anything, including GMO's, it's their choice. May I remind everyone that "consistency" was the #1 attribute of this websites namesake.

Now, before we get ahead of ourselves, please don't accuse me of criticizing your right not to consume or educate people about the dangers of GMO's, because that would be evil too. I'm merely saying that "prohibition" is using government force to stop people from using something that they WANT to use. (Otherwise you wouldn't have to prohibit it). We will see if a family of five in Mexico, who's bred winners get paid 15 pesos an hour for working at Walmart, will dish-out the extra money for organic corn when they could get the GMO stuff for cheaper.

that's not quite the point

They are not able to control the genetic leaking. They structure the market to compel people into one sided contracts which are backed up by a mountain of lawyers. They buy political favour and we've let them, and others, apply patents to living organisms that belong no more to them than anyone else. They even sue those that end up being contaminated with their patented GMO products (aggressively). Further, the use of their glyphosphates don't necessarily get contained solely on the property that it gets applied to and they are indemnified from liability by the same regulatory agencies they manipulate. No libertarian should back that type of market privilege.
This isn't just about choice of food and crop. Their products are impacting your liberty now. Even if the GMO's are good, this type of business is bad.

I agree with your point, but

I agree with your point, but not the others who responded. I'm very much against the "Monsanto protection act" and anything that gives people "ownership" or copyrights to a genome. Maybe giving someone the exclusive rights to use that new patent, but the expiry date on it should be very short lived (like say 5 years max). But GMO foods themselves are not dangerous for anyones health. In fact, there are plenty of studies that show GMO foods could be better for you because they use less pesticides when growing (Albiet "synthetic" pesticides...)

Why use pesticides at all?

There are plenty of ways to go pesticide-free. That may be more labor intensive, but it's still an option. Part of the reason they created GMOs is to counter their poison. I don't like all these poisons on my food, either.

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison