In Mexico, genetically-engineered corn has been banned indefinitely. Judge Jaime Eduardo Verdugo J. of the Twelfth Federal District Court for Civil Matters of Mexico City ruled that the genetically-engineered corn posed “the risk of imminent harm to the environment.” Companies like Monsanto and DuPont/Pioneer will no longer be allowed to plant or sell their corn within the country’s borders. According to local media, Accion Colectiva (Collective Action) is also looking to have a suspension of all forms of transgenic maize in Mexico.
Corn is a staple food crop in Mexico, intricately intertwined with the country’s cuisine, history, and culture. Authorities know that Monsanto’s genetically modified corn could cause both health and environmental issues.