• International Tribunal: Ban On GM Maize Cultivation In Mexico

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    This study finds that there is “no evidence that restrictions and regulations of GM crops in Europe have decreased seed choices for farmers in the non-adopting countries Austria, Germany and Switzerland. In contrast, we observed that in Spain, which has adopted GM maize, the seed market was more concentrated with fewer differentiated cultivars on offer. In Spain, overall numbers of maize cultivars declined, with an increasing number of non-GM cultivars being replaced by GM cultivars.”

    Maize is the main food source for not only much of Central and South America, but also the entire planet. If it is left up to biotech, corn varieties that have taken 7000 years to develop in Mexico will be corrupted by GMO seed. The Mexican Chapter of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal is calling for the Mexican government to ban all GM maize in the country in order to save a crop that feeds millions.

    The Mexican Chapter of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal has called on the Mexican government to ban the planting of genetically modified (GM) maize in the country. The decision cited the importance of maize as one of three principal staple crops globally, which millions depend on. The Tribunal, which considered evidence gathered over three years from over 1000 organizations on this and other issues, also highlighted the importance of Mexico as the centre of origin of maize globally.

    The Mexican government, the Tribunal ruled, must “adopt all necessary measures to ensure the conservation of peasant maize as the main food source and as a vital element of the social structure and cohesion.” The final ruling noted “serious risks” of genetic contamination in “the centre of origin and diversity of this staple crop,” which forms the “basis of the livelihood of the Peoples that created it for the good of all mankind.”

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    The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal was founded by Bertrand Russell in 1966, with the support of Jean-Paul Sartre, to denounce crimes committed during the Vietnam War. It was known as Russell Tribunal by then. Later, with the participation of celebrities, judges and other personalities linked to international law, the Tribunal was established as a permanent international institution with an international secretariat in the Basso Foundation in Italy. One of the objectives of the Tribunal is “to raise awareness and give visibility and a voice to ‘real’ peoples on issues that for them were fundamental but which were ignored or refused by the state in question.”

    In the non-adopting European countries of our analysis, farmers have more maize cultivars available to them today than they had in the 1990s despite restricting GM-varieties. Along with the increasing adoption of GM cultivars in Spain, the studied GM-maize adopting country in Europe, came a decline in farmers’ choices of total numbers of available maize cultivars, both among desired GM-cultivars and non-GM cultivars.

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