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Mexican Scientists Refute United States and Canadian Claims of Genetically Modified Corn’s Safety


Genetically modified corn is not safe for human consumption and threatens biodiversity in Mexico, several scientists said recently. They made their statements as Mexico fights a bitter trade dispute with the United States and Canada over the importation of genetically modified corn.


A recent study published in the GM Crops and Food journal found that a total of 26 countries have now placed either partial or complete bans on GMOs. In addition to Mexico, they include 19 European Union member states, Russia, China, and India. A further 60 countries have placed significant restrictions on GMOs.

The study also acknowledges that there is a “lack of trust and confidence by the public in regulatory processes behind GMOs,” and that in order to avoid such foods consumers are apparently willing to pay between 29 and 45 percent extra for non-GM products. Analyzing public sentiment towards GMOs as expressed on social media, the researchers say their findings suggest a significant problem with the continued adoption of the technology.

Meantime, the popularity of naturally produced organic foods continues to grow. Over the past decade, several reviews and meta-analyses have been published examining the consumption of organic foods and their health benefits. With awareness increasing that these foods contain higher levels of nutrients than their conventionally produced counterparts, by 2021 over 76.4 million hectares were being farmed organically worldwide.

To read how scientific research is increasingly confirming the health benefits of organic food, see this article on our website.