“The Biden administration says it will take steps toward challenging a ban that Mexico has placed on shipments of genetically modified corn from the United States.”
Mexico wisely plans to phase out the use of genetically modified corn, as well as that of glyphosate, a toxic herbicide, by 2024. The country’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, correctly recognizes that genetically modified seeds can contaminate his country’s age-old native varieties and has questioned their impact on human health. As the second largest export market for American corn, Mexico’s move has the potential to inflict significant economic damage on the United States’ agricultural industry.
In also banning glyphosate Mexico is one of a growing number of countries that are recognizing this chemical’s dangers. Global concern over glyphosate escalated in March 2015 when a monograph published by the World Health Organization’s ‘International Agency for Research on Cancer’ (IARC) classified it as being “probably carcinogenic to humans.” IARC specifically noted that its classification of the chemical had followed a “comprehensive review of the latest available scientific evidence”.
To read more about the damaging effects of glyphosate, as well as how to protect yourself against it by supplementing with the correct micronutrients, see this article on our website.