Monsanto Request Removal of Mexican Judge over GM Maize Ban

Posted on Apr 9 2014 - 11:23am by Sustainable Pulse

Monsanto have requested the removal of an Appeals Court Judge in Mexico, who ruled against them in the ongoing legal battle on the prohibition of GM Maize in the country.


On February 28th, Monsanto made an official request for the removal of Judge Jaime Manuel Marroquin Zaleta from the court case that has already made 2 rulings to ban GM Maize cultivation in Mexico.

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Monsanto have accused Judge Marroquin Zaleta of stating his opinion on the case before sentencing.

In December, Judge Marroqun Zaleta threw out the appeals of Mexico’s SEMARNAT (Environment and Natural Resources Ministry), and Monsanto, who were attempting to overturn a September court ruling that banned the planting of GM maize in Mexico.

Rene Sanchez Galindo, the attorney for the group Acción Colectiva, stated Wednesday that, “the accusation against a Federal Judge by a multinational company, which has been questioned for lying to the world’s population with misleading information about the damage their products cause , and whose employees occupy high positions in governments around the globe; is tantamount to granting a merit badge to the Judge.”

Acción Colectiva is a group of 53 scientists and 22 organizations, which successfully brought the case to ban GM maize in Mexico. It is led by Father Miguel Concha of the Human Rights Center Fray Francisco de Vittoria; Victor Suarez of ANEC (National Association of Rural Commercialization Entertprises); Dr. Mercedes Lopéz of Vía Organica; and Adelita San Vicente, a teacher and member of Semillas de Vida, a national organization that has been involved in broad-based social action projects to protect Mexico’s important status as a major world center of food crop biodiversity.

The Appeals Court decision in December went further in securing the first judgement by stating that even if a new court case is filed on this subject by Monsanto and its government supporters, the suspension shall remain in effect until the appeals court has made a final ruling.

The Mexican federal government had allowed trial crops of GM maize to be planted in Mexico since 2009 before the shock decision in September made by the Twelfth Federal District Court for Civil Matters of Mexico City. Judge Jaime Eduardo Verdugo J. cited “the risk of imminent harm to the environment” as the basis for the decision.

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  1. GMOsRnotNice April 9, 2014 at 19:34 - Reply

    If the judge is upholding the rule of law and protecting the People of Mexico, the judge should stay no matter what Monsanto wishes to control.

    • Glenda April 10, 2014 at 03:13 - Reply

      So now they’re going to try to have Judges removed because the decision went against them? SHAME on them. They are trying to kill us all and they’re fighting in court to do it. That Judge should stay and they should not be able to get him off that bench.

      Monsanto, et. al., are out to poison the world’s population we need to fight back strongly.

  2. Violet S. April 9, 2014 at 21:45 - Reply

    Mexico’s maize is the people’s heritage. Compromising its traits is unthinkable, worse than burning Bibles.s

  3. Athena Emmanouilidis April 10, 2014 at 10:25 - Reply

    If the U.S. government wants us all poisoned then we should all collectively file a suit against Monsanto and the U.S government

  4. Barbara April 11, 2014 at 00:36 - Reply

    Oh my goodness!!! SHAME, SHAME on Monsanto!!! 226952

  5. Joan Russow April 11, 2014 at 19:37 - Reply

    In January 8, 2008, I filmed the rally against Transgenic maiz where the citizens were calling out “no hay pais sin Maiz”

    Given the evidence of harm,of GMOs to human health and the environment, the precautionary principle must be invoked and a global ban on genetically engineered food and crops instituted; the charters of Monsanto et Al revoked and charges of gross/criminal negligence levied against these companies; the corporate/government collusion must end and the rule of international law respected.

    Perhaps Mexico could propose, at the United Nations General Assembly, a Declaration calling for a global ban on genetically engineered food and crops.

    Mexico is not alone in calling for ban; there must be a global call so that Monsanto et Al cannot continue to destroy global food security.

  6. Shanen April 12, 2014 at 16:44 - Reply

    1969 World Health Organization and United Nations Agricultural Division ‘report’ about BHC “666″ also known as Lindane; Monsanto’s pesticide…former chemical weapon of war: made by Monsanto (and Mallinckrodt and others) Ironically, “Agent Orange” is comprised of two “pesticides”; 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T….and VX (the nerve agent) was formerly known as the pesticide “Amiton”. Perhaps this is just an excuse to make Nerve Agents and chemicals of war COVERTLY. All I am sure of is that they left their ‘trash’ in our ‘backyard’ here in the Midwest. MO, ARK, KS and OK have been dealing with the long term health effects of their experiments in bioengineering, bioweapons, biogenetics of seeds etc for decades since we’re a “STUDY UNIT” for those toxic harms. Here is the report: The judge should and has protected his people…I only wish our “Supreme Court Justices” and politicians weren’t bought and paid for, or we might not have millions of American’s on Disability. They named it “666″…don’t take the “mark of the beast”, Mexico. We were even warned about this in the bible.

  7. Rachel April 15, 2014 at 18:28 - Reply

    When studies show harm caused by Monsanto’s products, Monsanto removes the study (…if they don’t like the court ruling they remove the Judge. Even just requesting the Judge’s removal is an insult on many fronts to, Truth, Justice and the Environment. If Monsanto could redefine Truth, Safe, Natural…it would. Stay strong Mexico…you don’t need Chemical company corn, Shareholder soybeans or Cover-up cassava etc no one would buy it even if you decide to destroy your environment to grow it.

    Many large chemical companies not just Monsanto actively hide the Truth and deny harm…

  8. Joah July 12, 2014 at 15:21 - Reply

    Its all about UN’s Agenda 21 “Structure and contents
    Agenda 21 is a 300-page document divided into 40 chapters that have been grouped into 4 sections:

    Section I: Social and Economic Dimensions is directed toward combating poverty, especially in developing countries, changing consumption patterns, promoting health, achieving a more sustainable population, and sustainable settlement in decision making”

    Achieving a more sustainable population… This is what Monsanto is about.

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