Clashing visions of Mexico’s GMO corn ban cloud impact



David Alire Garcia | Reuters

A clash at the top of Mexico’s agriculture ministry over the scope of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s push to prohibit genetically-modified corn has cast uncertainty over the farm and food industries in the country that first developed the grain.

If liberally interpreted and successfully implemented, the new rules could ban imports of GMO corn by 2024, ending a dependence that last year stood at some 16 million tonnes of imported yellow corn, almost all of it from American farmers and used to feed Mexico’s massive livestock sector.

A more restrictive interpretation of the planned ban could allow GMO corn for animal feed – and save the U.S. exports.

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