Mexican biosafety authority to reject GMO halt call
A Mexican biosafety authority chief has rejected a UN call for a further moratorium on genetically modified crops. Cibiogem executive secretary Ariel Álvarez Morales claims that a new moratorium, especially for maize use, would deprive smallholder farmers the chance to obtain a better standard of living, he told the Mexican state news agency, Notimex. The response was to the recommendation of UN special rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter. He recommended a moratorium “as soon as possible” on field trials and commercial planting of GM maize in favour of nationally developed maize varieties. That came after a UN mission in June on the “right to food”.