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New Rules Pave the Way for Transgenic Crops in Mexico; anti-GMO guerrila warfare to expand

If you are concerned about Mexican systemic guerrilla warfare, I predict it is about to expand due to this policy in the news article below. Note: the Mexican government considers the lack of clean water and
deforestation national security issues THOUGH...are planning to exacerbate these issues because at the same moment. Thus by their own definition, the Mexican government is endangering their own national security by authorizing GMO crops by Monsanto!

I wonder how much Monsanto paid to bribe the Mexican government to destroy the health of the Mexican population for profit? The record of bribery by Monsanto corruption in Brazil recently (to 'authorize' dangerous GMO crops there as well) is very clear:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/03/374059.shtml

Even though Mexican agriculture only contributes 3.9% to current GDP, IT'S ALMOST A FIFTH OF EMPLOYMENT working in agriculture (18%). And they are about to be thrown out of a job by being unable to sell their crops on
a Monsanto biased legal arrangement that will drop the price.
[PR nonsense news follows this comment.]
Already in Mexico: agricultural difficulties; rural to urban migration; natural fresh water resources scarce and polluted in north, inaccessible and poor quality in center and extreme southeast; raw sewage and industrial effluents polluting rivers in urban areas; deforestation; widespread erosion; desertification; deteriorating agricultural lands; serious air and water pollution in the national capital and urban centers along US-Mexico
border; land subsidence in Valley of Mexico caused by groundwater depletion --- and they want to create larger fields that will destroy the environment and economic durability of small farmers even more??

Soon more economic shakeout of agriculture for the tiny GMO elite in Monsanto plan to take over Mexican agriculture, drop the price, consolidate fields, expand urban poverty, throw more people off the land, draw more irrigation based fields for industrial production, cause more land subsidence, and ecologically reduce native local biodiversity and expand the pesticides poison complex that will destroy Mexican soil fertility!

Mexicans are more borderline starvation, and they, I seriously doubt, will
take this like Americans and simply change the TV channel.

Why? Here's some statistics on Mexico:

1. Mexican per capita income is one-fourth that of the US; income
distribution remains highly unequal. Trade with the US and Canada has
tripled since the implementation of NAFTA in 1994. Mexico has 12 free
trade agreements [foreign monopoly rights greater than local Mexican
rights] with over 40 countries including, Guatemala, Honduras, El
Salvador, the European Free Trade Area, and Japan, putting more than 90%
of trade under free trade agreements.

2. Even though Mexican agriculture only contributes 3.9% to current GDP,
IT'S ALMOST A FIFTH OF EMPLOYMENT working in agriculture (18%). And they
are about to be thrown out of a job by being unable to sell their crops on
a Monsanto biased legal arrangement that will drop the price.

3. Social explosions in "the southern NAU" soon? The evidence is in
(though the denial is still out) that Calderon like Bush stole the
Presidential election in plain sight. Mexico's legitimacy crisis was
barely contained in my opinion in the last round of
(s)elections--particularly clear with the heavy military displays during
the fraudulent changeover in the Zocalo as well as the multi-million
protests of pro-Obrador supporters.

4. Mexico made the decision for civil war in the last election. I would be surprised if your country avoids imploding over the agricultural issue and urban poverty issue within several years. Unless of course more Mexicans are shipped to the USA to become a rightless labor caste even more...just what the Bush regime wants though.

Data above provided by the CIA factbook on Mexico]
 https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/mx.html ]

full article follows:



MEXICO: New Rules Pave the Way for Transgenic Crops
By Diego Cevallos

MEXICO CITY, Mar 20 (IPS) - After a three-year-long process, Mexico is
about to clear the way for legal cultivation of transgenic crops, in spite
of resistance from environmentalists and several small farmer
associations.

The Rules for the 2005 Biosafety Law on Genetically Modified Organisms
were published Wednesday, and by the end of this year a national biosafety
system and special guidelines for experimental sowing of transgenic maize
will be in place.

According to some scientists [who remain anonymous?] and the government,
constructing this legal edifice was appropriate and necessary, as in their
view it ensures legality and regulates the study, experimental planting,
and potential sale of genetically modified (GM) crops.

Trangenic organisms are modified in the laboratory by introducing genes
from other plant or animal species, in order to improve their
characteristics, such as yield or resistance to environmental conditions.

In the natural environment, GM crops can cross-fertilise with wild, native
species or traditional hybrids and alter their genes, which
environmentalists call "genetic pollution."

There is no conclusive evidence about the health effects of consuming
foods containing GM ingredients, although there have been a few cases of
health problems. [That's actually, bullshit. Read the book by Smith called
Seeds of Destruction--on the LONG KNOWN MASSIVE dangers of GMO crops know
for decades though ignored and the scientists fired or forced to stomach a
'scientific omerta' to keep their jobs in a repressive state regime.]

Environmentalists and several campesino (small farmer) groups say that
Mexico could pay a high price if the wealth of its biodiversity were
adversely affected by the release of transgenic crops.

Aleira Lara, the coordinator of Greenpeace Mexico's sustainable
agriculture campaign, told IPS that the entire regulatory framework is
designed to promote biotechnology at the expense of the precautionary
principle. "The Rules are one more step in that direction," she said. The
precautionary principle advocates avoiding the possibility of harm to the
environment or human health, by prohibiting actions when doubts remain
about their safety.

Environmentalists refer to the Mexican biosafety law as the "Monsanto
Law", after the U.S. biotech giant that is the world leader [OVER 90% OF
IT!] in transgenic seed production, which has publicly backed the
legislation.

Miguel Colunga, leader of the Democratic Campesino Front of Chihuahua, a
state in northern Mexico, says his country "is still in time to reverse"
the authorisation of GM crops.

"Transgenic crops are not safe, and we will lose our sovereignty, because
the GM seeds belong to just a few transnational corporations," Colunga
told IPS.

Using seeds patented by companies like Monsanto forces farmers to buy seed
every planting season, paying the corporations each time, and puts an end
to thousands of years of the traditional practice of saving the best seeds
from the harvest to use for the next sowing.

The Biosafety Law on Genetically Modified Organisms, with its 124
articles, 33 pages and dozens of footnotes, and the 64 articles and 30
pages of Rules that accompany it, lay the basis for biotechnological
research and create monitoring mechanisms for importing GM products and
growing GM crops.

They also establish the intention of confronting the potential negative
environmental impacts of GM organisms, while benefiting from their
presumed advantages. The scheme under which transgenic crops will be
authorised to enter Mexico is "case by case, and step by step."

The Biosafety Law and its Rules are adequate, because they ensure and
guarantee that what happened in Brazil will not happen in Mexico, Luis
Herrera, a renowned Mexican biotechnologist, told IPS.

The Brazilian government accepted GM crops after discovering that they
were already being grown, illegally and without prior research, he pointed
out.

The Mexican regulations will allow experiments and assessments to be
carried out, to establish with certainty the safety of planting GM maize,
soybean, cotton or any other transgenic crop, said Herrera, who is
avowedly in favour of the technology.

The scientist, who along with other researchers produced the first
transgenic plant at the University of Ghent, Belgium, in 1983, is now the
director of the National Laboratory of Genomics for Diversity at the state
Centre for Research and Advanced Studies.

Limited trials of transgenic potatoes, squash, papaya, soybean and other
crops have been carried out experimentally in Mexico over the past few
years, without any clear rules to regulate them.

The main concern of opponents of GM crops is the possibility that
transgenic maize will be introduced and released in the country, an action
which has been expressly prohibited by law since 1999.

One of the transitory rules attached to the biosafety law stipulates that
by May 19 specific regulations should be drawn up to define where and how
experiments may be carried out with GM maize.

The possibility that transgenic maize may be grown in Mexico, even on an
experimental basis, raises hackles among opponents of GM foods. Maize is
the staple food in Mexico, where it was domesticated 9,000 years ago, and
is of immense cultural value.

"We are hoping that Mexico as a whole will be declared the centre of
origin of maize, so that experiments and cultivation of GM maize are
banned in the country," said Greenpeace activist Lara.

Mexico produces about 20 million tonnes of maize a year, on an area of 8.5
million hectares. Over three million local campesinos, most of whom are
poor, grow maize using native seeds, or seeds that have been improved by
methods other than genetic manipulation. There are dozens of sub-species
of maize.

IPS was informed by official sources that the authorities and their
advisers intend to allow experiments with transgenic maize to be carried
out in the north of the country, where there is less biodiversity, and the
connection between farmers and maize is not as strong.

In addition, campesino associations in the states along the border with
the United States have been asking for several years to be allowed to grow
GM maize, on the grounds that it is the only way they can compete in the
marketplace with U.S. farmers.

"It's a myth that transgenic crops are more productive. Here in Chihuahua,
many of us grow hybrid maize (improved by traditional techniques) and we
can prove that it's better than the transgenic kind," said Colunga, of the
Democratic Campesino Front.

"We can modernise our farming with our own maize. It's safe, it doesn't
harm the environment, and it doesn't make us dependent on Monsanto or
other companies," he said.

These companies take legal action against those who use their seeds
without contracts and payments.

The companies state that GM crops do not harm the environment and are
suitable in every way, and millions of hectares all over the world are now
planted with transgenic crops.

However, there are documented examples of potentially dangerous GM maize.
In the United States, Starlink maize was withdrawn from the market in 2000
after consumers experienced allergic reactions.

And transgenic MON-863 maize, belonging to Monsanto, which was authorised
for human consumption in Mexico, harmed rats in experiments, according to
a confidential report by the company itself which was made public in 2005
by a court order.

In 2007, the worldwide area sown with transgenic crops amounted to 114.3
million hectares, "benefiting 12 million farmers," according to a report
by the International Service for Acquisitions of Agri-biotech Applications
(ISAAA), a U.S. not-for-profit organisation that promotes GM crops.

Less than 20 years ago, the area sown with transgenic crops was
insignificant.

In the U.S. where, unlike in Mexico, transgenic maize as well as
traditional varieties are grown, maize occupies 32 million hectares and
production is over 300 million tonnes a year, 15 times more than in
Mexico.

Mexico imports large quantities of maize from the United States to make up
for the deficit in its own production. GM maize is included in these
purchases, and the authorities do nothing to prevent it, environmentalists
complain.

If the deadlines are met, by the end of 2008 trials of transgenic maize
will be under way, which is good news, Monsanto spokesman David Carpintero
told the Reforma newspaper. (END/2008)

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 http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=41677

If you know anyone who could do something, about this--

"Miguel Colunga, leader of the Democratic Campesino Front of Chihuahua, a
state in northern Mexico, says his country "is still in time to reverse"
the authorisation of GM crops."

--please pass this on where it may do some good.