Law for the Promotion and Protection of Corn: A New Legal Attack Against The People?

May 3, 2020

Law for the Promotion and Protection of Corn: A New Legal Attack Against The People?

By Ana de Ita & Ramón Vera Herrera

On March 24, the Senate approved the Federal Law for the Promotion and Protection of Native Corn (LFFPMN) after a year of corrections and discussion by the Senate and House of Representatives. In the latest version, although there were adjustments, the core content was maintained, which brings with it enormous problems, as pointed out by the Network in Defense of Corn in its position of October 2, 2019.

Crusade Against the Hungry

May 5, 2013
Translated from La Jornada

Once again, people have raised their voices against transgenic maize, this time during a session of the Permanent People's Tribunal in Oaxaca. Over five hundred people came from various indigenous regions across the country as well as from social and civil society organizations to accuse the Mexican government of responsibility for the transgenic contamination of native maize, in complicity with the transnational seed corporations. The people demanded the government prevent the commercial planting of GM maize in the north of the country.

Will Monsanto destroy Mexico's corn?

14 December 2012

Will Monsanto destroy Mexico's corn?

Introducing GE corn to Mexico would sound the death knell for the country's precious ecology, argues author.
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2012 13:28

Alarm Over GM Crops Grows

01 December 2012

Mexico remains in red alert following the ambitious attempts of Monsanto and other multinationals to win government approval for the planting of 2.5 million hectares of transgenic corn in the crop’s center of origin. The solicitation calls for planting more than half of these acres with the same type of corn that has been shown to cause cancer in rats. But resistance is also growing stronger day by day—both inside and outside of Mexico, voices are rising in indignation at this outrage against the very heart of our cultures, health, food, biodiversity and nature.

Faith in Rats

16 october 2012
Translate from La Jornada

While the scientists the Committee for Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering (CRIIGEN, by its initials in French) alert the world about the tumors, hepatorenal damage, premature aging, reproductive system disorders and anomalies recorded in rats fed transgenic maize (Silvia Ribeiro, La Jornada, 6/10/12), Monsanto is rushing to make good on its deal with President Felipe Calderon,to green-light the planting of transgenic maize in Mexico before the end of his term.

Reservations of Maize: Centers of Origin and Diversity

04 December 2011
Translated from La Jornada

The Law on Biosafety and Genetically Modified Organisms Act, popularly known as Monsanto’s Law, was an expression of the lack of political will in Congress to prohibit the planting of transgenic corn in Mexico, despite being the center of the crop’s origin and diversity. A crucial piece of the law was missing, however--the official determination of centers of origin and diversity.

Transgenic proteins in maize in the Soil Conservation area of Federal District, Mexico

June, 2007
Frontiers in Ecology and the Enviroment

In 2003, the environmental authorities of the Federal District of Mexico declared that genetically modified organisms were incompatible with ecological agriculture practices established in rural areas south of Mexico City. To ensure compliance with official standards and organic agriculture policies, steps were taken to implement an early warning system for the detection of genetically modified maize in farmers’ fields.

Transgenic Crops to Address Third World Hunger? A Critical Analysis

01 August 2005

ABSTRACT. Industry and mainstream research and policy institutions often suggest that transgenic crop varieties can raise the productivity of poor third world farmers, feed the hungry, and reduce poverty. These claims are critically evaluated by examining global-hunger data, the constraints that affect the productivity of small farmers in the third world, and the factors that explain their poverty. No significant role is found for crop genetics in determining hunger, productivity, or poverty, casting