Mexican ag group seeks widespread GM maize
Mexico has formed a “pro-agbiotech” committee “to accelerate the approval of genetically modified maize varieties”, the Mexican biotechnology news service, AgrioBio Mexico, says. It brings together several agriculture bodies and the Ministry of Agriculture in the La Laguna region of the country. The Comité Pro-Biotecnología de la Comarca Lagunera aims in the short term to have widespread trials of GM maize in the region. The longer-term aim is to plant such seed across the country. Mexico already plants 100,000 ha GM cotton and soybeans and passed legislation earlier this year paving the way for the planting of GM maize ( Agrow No 540, p 19). A similar committee including the state Agriculture Ministry has already been established in the state of Tamaulipas.