Mexico “still hasn’t seen science” from U.S. proving safety of GMO corn

Mexico “still hasn’t seen science” from U.S. proving safety of GMO corn

America’s biggest buyer of corn, Mexico, is refusing to import the GMO (genetically engineered) variety because the poisonous “food” is sprayed with toxic glyphosate (Roundup) herbicide.

In an official reply to the United States concerning the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Mexico argued that the presence of glyphosate on U.S. corn renders it unsafe and thus unfit for human consumption, citing actual science showing the dangers of glyphosate and GMOs.

The U.S. is trying to strong-arm Mexico into taking its toxic GMO corn, but our neighbors to the south are insistent that they will not poison their people with glyphosate-laden corn grown in the U.S.

In addition to citing science in defense of its decision to ban imports of toxic U.S. corn, Mexico also outlined policies aimed at protecting consumers against it. The following are the primary and most noteworthy arguments in Mexico’s rebuttal of the U.S. push for it to accept toxic GMO corn:

1) The so-called “scientific evidence” the U.S. has presented in favor of glyphosate-drenched GMO corn is out of date, and most of it is not supported by proper peer review.

“According to Mexico, the U.S. did not present any peer-reviewed study showing it safe to eat large quantities of GM corn exposed to Glyphosate in minimally processed form over a lifetime,” further highlighted the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (ITAP) about Mexico’s response.

“Mexico makes the case that the U.S. regulatory process is not stringent enough to ensure that products are safe for Mexicans to consume at high levels.”

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2) Concerning public health, GMO corn – and especially the toxic Bt corn the U.S. grows that is engineered to kill insect pests by blowing up their stomachs – does, in fact, have adverse impacts on non-target animals, including humans.

“Mammals have been shown to suffer damage to their digestive systems from a GM trait that kills its targets by attacking their guts,” ITAP explained.

3) Thanks to toxic GMO corn imports from the past, Mexican tortillas have become contaminated with glyphosate, low levels exposures of which have a negative long-term health impact.

(Related: U.S. officials are trying to punish Mexico for refusing toxic GMO corn grown in America by waging economic war on our neighbor to the south.)

Just say NO to toxic U.S. GMOs

Just to be sure American leaders got the message, Mexican Deputy Agriculture Secretary Victor Suarez reiterated that the U.S. does not have science on its side in pushing Mexico to accept its toxic GMO corn.

Though the U.S. continues to argue that Mexico is avoiding science by rejecting toxic GMO corn, Suarez says that he and other Mexican officials “still haven’t seen the science of the United States or the companies,” and that he is “looking forward to that study with great pleasure.”

Many are overjoyed about Mexico standing its ground on this important issue, including Karen Hansen-Kuhn, IATP’s director of trade and international strategies.

“We welcome this vigorous defense of Mexico’s programs to transform its food system,” Hansen-Kuhn said.

“The science they present backs up longstanding civil society campaigns for healthy foods and biodiverse agricultural systems. There’s a lot here that could contribute to more substantive debates on our food and agriculture system in the U.S., as well.”

IATP Senior Advisor Timothy A. Wise added that the longtime U.S. claim that Mexico’s anti-GMO policies are not rooted in science has finally been debunked.

“Ever since Mexico first announced its intentions to limit GM corn and glyphosate in its tortilla chain, the U.S. government has asserted that Mexico’s policies are not based on science,” Wise said.

“This comprehensive response refutes that claim, presenting hundreds of academic studies that show cause for concern about human health and the threat to native corn diversity.”

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