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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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Yeah, I'm not anti-GMO

I'm anti-meddling with things you can't take accountability for. As far as you want to go with GMO, fly at 'er while you can take ownership of your mess. But can you really draw that line at a political level.

I'd be weary of saying GMOs are not dangerous. That's difficult to quantify and there is so much to consider. What do they do to topsoil and microflora? (long term soil quality) Do they affect aspects of biota we haven't considered? (pollinators, birds, etc.) How do they perturb the hydrological cycle (water retention of root layer, storage capacity, freshet, etc.) Could extensive GMO crops crash us into another dirty thirties dust bowl and starve a chunk of the globe? What's the effects of releasing new and novel organisms? Did it work out well using cane toads? Do you think it's necessarily good to apply artificial selection processes to foods we depend on? (Round-Up vs natural robustness)

This isn't an issue that should be polarized. Ie. GMO's are potentially good vs GMOs are potentially bad. Each GMO has to be considered in it's own light and in the context of it's specific use.

Glad I'm not staunchly libertarian then...

...if measuring up means one has to be blind to and/or accept diabolical schemes that threaten the food supply.

You are assuming that there is a choice between GMO's

and non-GMO's. First of all GMO's are foreign to our soil, if not for the lying mouth of Monsatan and the EPA we wouldn't be in the position of choosing. In the 70's I drove truck for a farmer for 3 years, corn prices were between $1.60 and $2.25 per bushel. At the time GMO corn didn't exist and crops yield was 140 to 180 bushels per acre. At present crop yield is just slightly higher and we are pumping tons of chemicals in to the land and destroying the land, rivers and wildlife. Even the gulf of Mexico is so polluted that it becomes a dead zone hundreds of miles out. Monsatan alone destroyed the natural hurricane barriers that were protecting New Orleans.

If GMO's never came on the market the corn yield and price would be the same but without corporate fascist like Monsatan trying to corner the market.

The beekeepers in heavy mono-culture areas are being wiped out by GMO's, they now need to import over a million 4 LB packages of bees into California in the month of January for almond pollination.

GMO's are pure insanity, and we must proceed with more insanity to repair the first insanity!

At least let me make an educated choice if I want GMO's at all. At present GMO's hide behind non-GMO crops. Thats why we need labeling.

Surviving the killing fields of Minnesota

Todays brainwashing: GMO's are safe

This is so great!

I had just heard within the last couple of weeks that the SEMARNAT agency (like the EPA) was getting ready to allow experimental planting of GMO corn in some of the northern states and I was pretty disgusted.
The whole world waking up.... and Mexico sitting up and panting for the U.S. as usual........ but NO!!!!!

This just put a huge KABASH on those evil plans!!! hahahahaha

VIVA MEXICO!!

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Golden business opportunity

This is a boon for the Mexican corn industry. If some restaurants or businesses decide to exclusively use Mexican corn in the US, they could have a significant competitive advantage as more people can recognize produce imported from other countries more easily (required by Tariff Act of 1930) than tell with certainty if domestic US corn is GMO or not (USDA Organic is not a guarantee apparently).

I can see the ads now... We use 100% Mexican Corn or Now using Non-GMO Mexican corn!

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I don't drink Coke often

But when I do, I drink Mexican Coke that I get at Costco. It is made with sugar, not HFCS, so our bodies can process it better. (Still, carbonated beverages rot your bones, but the idea I'm sharing is that Mexican is better in several ways.)

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Check your sources

Worrying about your claim that carbonated beverages rot your bones as I like drinking my plain carbonated water (CO2+H2O), I wanted to confirm your claim myself. What I found was a nice article by a Certified Nutrition Specialist that tackles that claim and pointed out that carbonation had little significant effect in rotting bones or tooth decay in actual scientific studies; rather cola drinkers tend not to consume enough calcium and most water (including tap) have enough minerals to buffer against the slightly acidic nature of carbonated water.

Soda consumption—particularly cola consumption—has been linked to lower bone mineral density. However, it’s pretty clear that it has nothing to do with the carbonation itself.

...Most water—even tap water—contains small amounts of calcium and other minerals and these minerals buffer the effects of the carbonic acid and protect the tooth enamel. This is not true of flavored soda water, by the way. The flavoring agents make the soda water significantly more acidic and these flavored seltzers could contribute to dental erosion

If there is more than meets the eye here, please share your sources.

good point

it probably will be a boon for Mexico

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Posted this on Twitter to spread the word a few hours ago.

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What happened to LL?

he wasn't out of line was he????

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Drunk again

I just banned him, probably for the last time.

My well of tolerance and patience is deep, but it is not infinite.

I just got home from a very long tiring day of work, and the last thing I need is a drunk LL screaming at me, telling me how to run this place.

- - - -

This has been a fun and cute little game that I play with some of the more disruptive users here. But really, it is time for me to move on.

Sorry LL. We've all got our problems. I'm tired of you making yours mine. I've got my hands full with my own.

Like others, you've exhausted your goodwill with me and my patience with you.

He's the man.
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Must have been pretty bad whatever it was

it's not even "push-to-elect-third-party" time

a/k/a "take over the Daily Paul with random posts"

a/k/a "argue and accuse all users of sabotaging my posts"

season yet.

The next election round won't be the same without him and I can't say I'm disappointed.

LONG overdue! Thank you, Michael.

I lost patience with him years ago.

Thanks for a prompt reply

And thanks for everything you do.

Séamusín

this is good to hear--

although not the only area in the world that specializes in ancient corn--

Mexico is one; corn is not the 'bad guy' that many nutritionists want *us* to think it is--

non-GMO, organic, heritage corn is gluten free and a staple in many countries--

and some of us happen to like it--

:)

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Yes!

The greatest act of agricultural defiance we can make is to grow heritage, non-hybrid, non-GMO corn. Corn is gluten-free, has a much higher productivity than any other grain, and has a not-insignificant protein content. Most importantly, it can be planted, worked, and harvested without machinery. Thus, it's a great staple for a homesteader interested in self-sufficiency.

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Satire

Update Mexican judge found bound and gagged. His throat cut and his tongue pulled out the opening also he was scalped. Officials say suicide. No autopsy scheduled.

Won't be long

people will smuggle non gmo corn into the the US over the Mexican border. LOL

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

non-GMO corn is available

You just have to look hard. Or grow your own.

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You guys are killin me.

lol

Hi quilting. Haven't seen you around in a while. Great to see you around.

Hi! Mike

I have to take the Daily Paul in smaller doses, to much info overwhelms my pea brain. LOL

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Me too, quiltingsando!

I just logged on, and it has already exhausted me. Looks like it is time for me to log off already.

But it is definitely nice to see you back!

He's the man.

good to see you, QS--

yes, sometimes the intensity gets to be a 'bit much'.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

But they will be reported as "drug smugglers"

of course, and likely just shot. No catch and release for these "enemies of the state."

Looks like we'll be at war with Mexico pretty soon then.

That, or all of these officials will "disappear" or have "untimely ends" like heart attacks and car accidents.

I wonder what false premise the U.S. Government will use to justify invading Mexico.

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"Looks like we'll be at war with Mexico pretty soon then."

Lol

If it weren't so plausible it just wouldn't have been funny.

Thinking about it more I can see this scenario floated by McLame

and Graham:

Invade Mexico, take it over as a "semi-autonomous organized territory" (something like Puerto Rico) and "poof" no more immigration problem either.

Mexican citizens start paying U.S. taxes instead, we bring the "rule of law" to Mexico, and our welfare state, get to import our drug laws and drug war there in full force, evaporate any credible opposition to the NAU and the "Super Highway", "Fast and Furious" loses all steam, ad infinitum.

I can see this really being pushed.

And if true statehood were offered to Mexican states, I can't say I'd really be opposed, but I'm not in favor of an armed invasion or adding another Puerto Rico just to make the appearance of problems go away or to impose our government on Mexico.

How the free market could stop Monsanto

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Mexico is banning GMO and

legalizing pot....

They're not following anymore...they're starting to lead.

I wouldnt say they are

I wouldnt say they are starting to lead until they can get rid of the mass of corruption they have there.

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