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Mexico may be growing GM corn by 2012

Mexico may be growing GM corn by 2012

Mexico's agriculture secretary says the country could be growing genetically modified corn by 2012.
Agriculture Secretary Alberto Cardenas says GM varieties could boost production by 30 percent.
GM corn had been banned completely until last week when Mexico reformed its law to allow experimental plots of the crop.
Mexico is the birthplace of corn and has more than 200 varieties. Opponents warn that modified corn could contaminate fields and threaten the crop's genetic diversity.
Cardenas said Tuesday that the government will carefully protect its native varieties.
The government so far has received 25 requests for permission to plant GM corn in experimental plots, government official Ariel Alvarez said.


Updated : 2021-08-05 16:57 GMT+08:00