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NAFTA woes whet food producers’ appetites

As the months wear on in the negotiations between Canada, Mexico and the United States over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the increasingly hard line from the USA has Mexican government and industry groups casting about for backup plans, you know, just in case.  For months Mexican officials have been making noises about taking their business elsewhere, specifically sourcing yellow corn from South America, although clearly returning to NAFTA status quo would be their first choice.  Mexican pork producers, for their part, have long fumed over the high volume of pork imports from the United States, and are now sensing an opportunity to strike back with NAFTA seemingly on the ropes.  The following are examples of recent maneuvering against a backdrop of the sullen tone of current NAFTA negotiations. Continue reading NAFTA woes whet food producers’ appetites

Judge halts GMO corn planting in Mexico

CornA federal judge in Mexico issued a ruling early this month suspending any planting of genetically modified (GMO) corn in the country.  The ruling also bars the Ministries of Agriculture (Sagarpa) and the Environment (Semarnat) from approving any pending permits to plant GMO corn for “experimental, pilot or commercial” purposes until further scientific evidence is presented on the potential risks of GMO corn to the country’s native maize species.  According to media reports, 14 requests for permits to plant GMO corn are pending before government agencies from seed companies including Monsanto, Pioneer and Dow AgroScience, among others.  Continue reading Judge halts GMO corn planting in Mexico