Target: Judge Jaime Eduardo Verdugo J. of the Twelfth Federal District Court for Civil Matters of Mexico City
Goal: Commend ruling to ban genetically modified corn in the country of Mexico
Genetically engineered corn is now banned in Mexico, thanks to Judge Jaime Eduardo Verdugo of Mexico City. Biotech industrial companies will no longer be able to plant or sell their strains of corn within the country’s borders, effective immediately. The ruling comes two years after Mexico decided it needed more tests on the Monsanto company’s genetically engineered corn, followed by a temporary hold on the crops. In the wake of a recent global March Against Monsanto, this is progress toward eliminating genetically modified organisms, once and for all.
Because corn is a staple in the Mexican diet, authorities were justifiably concerned about Monsanto’s crops contaminating native strains, as well as its effects on the people’s health and the environment. Hence, after two years of deliberating, Judge Verdugo declared that the genetically engineered corn posed an imminent threat to both, ordering Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture to cease any activities involving the planting of genetically modified corn, including experimental and pilot commercial plantings.
As a follow-up, the judge also ruled that multinational companies such as Monsanto, and another company, Pioneer, must cease all activity in the country while collective action lawsuits, which have been initiated by farmers, scientists, citizens, and other concern parties, are proceeding within the judicial system.
The banning of genetically engineered corn in Mexico is a big win for food advocates everywhere. By taking the initiative to exclude the biotech industry from the production of its most valuable crop, Mexico has taken a meaningful stand on behalf of consumers everywhere. A positive change in one country’s food industry can potentially motivate change in the food system globally. Commend Judge Verdugo for banning genetically modified corn in Mexico.
Dear Judge Verdugo,
Thank you for ruling against genetically engineered corn in Mexico. As a staple of the Mexican diet, the consumption of genetically modified corn poses risks to your people’s health and the environment. By banning corn created by biotech companies like Monsanto and Pioneer, you have taken a giant leap toward protecting your citizens.
On behalf of food advocates everywhere, this ruling was a positive change that will hopefully influence the choices of other countries regarding their own food systems. Furthermore, excluding the biotech industry from your most valuable commodity crop is no small loss for them. Although we are far from persuading Monsanto to change its ways, it is nevertheless helpful to take away a portion of its business.
Your decision has done a great deal of good – it was both positive and inspiring. We commend you for banning genetically engineered corn from your country.
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