US challenges Mexico's GMO corn ban

Jul 09, 2024

Trade dispute over scientific evidence


The US government is locked in a heated debate with Mexico over the latter's proposed ban on genetically modified (GMO) corn.

Mexico aims to phase out imports of GMO corn for food use by 2024, raising concerns for American corn farmers who export heavily to Mexico.

The US argues that Mexico's ban is not based on sound science. US officials point out that Mexico hasn't conducted proper risk assessments and that the evidence they've presented is outdated. They also highlight that Mexico's own regulatory agencies previously deemed GMO corn safe. The US believes this ban is a protectionist measure aimed at curbing imports.

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) supports the US stance. They argue that GMO corn is safe for consumption and doesn't harm the environment.

A dispute settlement panel under the USMCA is currently reviewing the case, with a decision expected later this year. The outcome could significantly impact trade relations between the US and Mexico.

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