Ag Minister: Mexico Will Not Limit GMO Corn Imports From U.S.

USAgNet - 10/26/2021

Mexico's agriculture minister said the country would not limit imports of genetically modified (GMO) corn from the United States during a meeting with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week. Mexico published an executive order late last year that sought to ban in three years the use of GMO corn for human consumption, but did not define what products would be included, generating confusion in the agriculture industry.

The government pledged to substitute imports with local production by 2024, reports Reuters. Mexico is the No. 2 buyer of U.S. corn after China.

Mexican Agriculture Minister Victor Villalobos said Mexico would not allow the cultivation of GMO corn but would allow imports from the United States.

Vilsack said seeds are the next thing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will look at under a Biden administration order on competition.

"The administration plans to take a look at the seed industry and "why it's structured the way it's structured," Vilsack said.

Companies, including Bayer AG BAYGn.DE and Corteva Inc CTVA.N, develop genetically modified seeds and herbicides that other companies can only produce once a patent expires.

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