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Mexican farmers demand lifting of GM maize barriers

Ten Mexican agricultural associations have called for the lifting of obstacles on the sowing of genetically modified maize. They claim it would improve the competitiveness of Mexican agriculture. GMOs have “improved the competitiveness of farmers in over 20 countries, many of who are our commercial partners”, the groups say. Some 30% of the maize consumed in Mexico is imported at an annual cost of Peso 3,200 million ($262 million), much of it from GM lines, the Spanish biotechnology association, the Antama, reports. Mexico has approved field trials of several GM maize lines since the first authorisations in 2009 ( Agrow No 578, p 18). That came after the setting of biosafety measures promoting the use of GMOs ( Agrow No 564, p 18).

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