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Mexico pushes back GMO corn ban date to 2025

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Mexico has extended the timeline for banning imports of genetically modified (GMO) corn from the U.S. until 2025. Originally slated for implementation by March 2024, the decision has been deferred to address concerns about jeopardizing the nation's agricultural output and food security. 

This decision stems from ongoing tensions over agricultural technology and environmental safety. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's administration aims to protect native corn varieties and eliminate the use of the controversial herbicide glyphosate, which is deemed harmful to both human health and the environment. 

The delay allows more time for Mexican officials and industries to evaluate the economic impacts and explore alternative agricultural practices. This interim period is crucial for the seed industry, which may need to pivot towards producing non-GMO and alternative crops to adapt to the upcoming changes in import regulations. 

The potential ban has prompted significant discussions regarding the future of agricultural biotechnology and its role in international trade. Most of the corn imported from the U.S. is used for animal feed and industrial purposes, not directly affecting food products like tortillas and dough made from white corn, which represents a small fraction of U.S. corn production. 

During this postponement, Mexico's relevant ministries and the Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks will continue their search for alternatives to glyphosate and other hazardous agricultural chemicals. 

The ongoing uncertainty surrounding the ban illustrates the complexities of integrating modern agricultural technology with traditional farming practices and highlights the global challenges of ensuring food security and sustainability in agriculture.


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