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Mexico to issue feats from ten-year GM crop use

The Mexican biosafety authority, the Cibiogem, is to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the country's biosafety law by publishing the achievements of genetically modified crop use in the country this year. The move forms part of the Cibiogem’s 2015-16 work plan. Executive secretary Ortiz says that the authority will extend research and distribution programmes such as training in the safe and responsible use of biotechnology. Documentation of the historic use of GM crops will centre largely on cotton. At the start of the 1990s, cotton production practically ended due to high pesticide costs, while production has recovered in some states such as Chiapas where pink bollworms (Pectinophora gossypiella) have been eradicated and pesticide use has been substantially cut due to GM cotton use, the Cibiogem notes.

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