Mexico Confirms Phase-Out of GMO Corn and Glyphosate Herbicides as World Recognizes Leydy Pech

Posted on Dec 18 2020 - 2:30am by Sustainable Pulse

A decree was released last week on Mexico’s National Commission for Regulatory Improvement (CONAMER) website that confirms a phase-out of use of both glyphosate and genetically modified (GMO) corn for human consumption in Mexico by 2024.

The decree states that use of the herbicide glyphosate will be phased out over the next four years, although glyphosate will not be used in any government-sponsored program during that transition period. The draft also includes an article that requires the revocation of existing and future permits for both the cultivation of GMO corn and the use of GMO corn for human consumption. The use of GMO corn in human consumption would be phased out no later than January 31, 2024.

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“We do not use glyphosate on our crops, but we have been the victims of external contamination by this substance anyway” said Homero Blas Bustamante, president of the organic society. “This has caused economic losses for organic producers, mainly of coffee and honey.”

This latest decree follows on from an announcement in June by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), Mexico’s Environment Ministry, which stated that glyphosate-based herbicides would be phased out of use in the country by 2024 to protect human health and the environment.

Dr. Adelita San Vicente Tello, Director General of the Primary Sector and Renewable Natural Resources at SEMARNAT, announced the news after participating in the meeting ‘Why will Mexico join the ban on glyphosate?’ organized by the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s (UNAM) Academic Observatory of Society, Environment and Institutions.

San Vicente Tello said that, together with the National Council of Science and Technology, she is analyzing alternatives to the use of glyphosate-herbicides for large-scale agricultural production, as there are many weed management experiences with methods that farmers themselves and indigenous communities have applied for thousands of years.

In addition, government education campaigns are being prepared with different medias, such as infographics and videos that will be translated into several languages and will include data and independent scientific sources on the effects of glyphosate-based herbicides on the environment and health, with the purpose of alerting the population to the risks involved from their use. During and after these campaigns the general public and specific communities can draw their own conclusions.

Finally, San Vicente Tello reiterated that in the face of this problem we all have to act, because “beyond productivity, there is human and environmental health”.

Leydy Pech Wins Prestigious Goldman Environmental Award

The World has also started to recognize the key figures in the fight against Biotech and chemical companies in Mexico, with Leydy Pech having recently been awarded the Goldman Environmental Award.

Leydy Pech, an indigenous Mayan beekeeper, led a coalition that successfully halted Monsanto’s planting of genetically modified soybeans in southern Mexico. The Mexican Supreme Court ruled that the government violated the Mayans’ constitutional rights and suspended the planting of genetically modified soybeans. Because of the persistence of Pech and her coalition, in September 2017, Mexico’s Food and Agricultural Service revoked Monsanto’s permit to grow genetically modified soybeans in seven states.

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    Rick Tallas December 19, 2020 at 00:57 - Reply

    Great news from Mexico It is about time
    all governments banned this substance and GMOS

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    tanya December 19, 2020 at 20:46 - Reply

    Oh, finally a piece of good news in this horrific corporately controlled politic. I fervently hope the current administration remains to do more of this good work on behalf of the people.

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    Jackie Smith December 22, 2020 at 04:56 - Reply

    This is wonderful. It shows that each of us has the power to create a better world. And what magic we can create together.

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    glennlivick@gmail.com December 23, 2020 at 23:47 - Reply

    I would add that heirloom seeds should be promoted over GMO seeds that produce sterile fruit and vegetables.

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    jeanie keltner December 24, 2020 at 06:30 - Reply

    The victory of this courageous Mayan woman–beekeeper and now organizer–against Monsanto that stopped glyphosphate and GMOx in the Yucatan is a great beginning of the positive changes so many are predicting!
    “Leydy Pech, an indigenous Mayan beekeeper, led a coalition that successfully halted Monsanto’s planting of genetically modified soybeans in southern Mexico. The Mexican Supreme Court ruled that the government violated the Mayans’ constitutional rights.

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    Pachita December 25, 2020 at 04:46 - Reply

    Very good Leydy Pech what an inspiration! I love what you do.

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    Paul Allen December 25, 2020 at 18:55 - Reply

    Dear Mexico; Thank you for joining the other nations that have banned this poison.

    Dear USA; You are involved in a criminal conspiracy that is killing people. The makers of Roundup are joined by politicians failure to prevent the killing – might I even say murder of citizens.

    My beautiful young wife Maggie in 2015. Me in 2021 – 2022

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    Fernando Bejarano December 25, 2020 at 20:04 - Reply

    Is still a proposal presidential decree until is published in the Diario Oficial Federacion like the Federal Register , so hoeufully will publish

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    John December 26, 2020 at 17:37 - Reply

    Madness. Environmentalism is there to force collapse of democracy.
    In my country we use GMO corn for years and there is no issue with either health or the enviroment. The farmers are recording far better increase in yeilds and improvements inproduction and resistenace to insects and drought.
    The Crossroads of Communism and the Radical Environmental Movement-
    It is a statement of fact that environmental groups have deep ties to the corporate set. Almost all the major environmental groups and NGO’s receive significant cash from the mega-rich or their foundations. Many of them partner directly with large corporations.

    Enviromentalism has become a cult , the same as the climate change cult and the covid cult. The same MO. Blame humans they become the scapegoat using all sorts of misinfromation, then anyone who offers alternative views are silenced.

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    Guavass December 27, 2020 at 18:38 - Reply

    Amlo is making changes to Mexico….he has stopped funding those mega rich environmentalists….the decision to bad GMO corn was based on science

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    Rich December 27, 2020 at 21:23 - Reply

    And what country is that? Dream on John.

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