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Mexican judge rejects industry bid to halt GMO corn, glyphosate ban

Farm council warns of lost productivity

Mexico City | Reuters — A Mexican federal judge ruled against a request by the National Farm Council to freeze a government plan to ban genetically modified (GMO) corn and the widely used herbicide glyphosate by 2024, the national science council said on Monday. Judge Martin Adolfo Santos Perez’s ruling allows the executive order issued

Mexico will miss corn output forecast, farmers’ group says

Mexico will miss corn output forecast, farmers’ group says

A direct cash payment program for farmers is panned as insufficient

Reuters – Mexican corn production is likely to total no more than 24 million tonnes this year, significantly less than the government’s forecast, the head of one of the country’s largest corn farmer associations said in an interview. Juan Pablo Rojas told Reuters that the official estimate of nearly 27 million tonnes by the Agriculture


Mexico is self-sufficient in white corn, but has been importing plenty of GMO yellow corn, mainly for livestock feed.

Mexico pressing ahead with GMO corn, glyphosate bans, says key official

The move is popular with environmentalists but alarming to ag industry

Reuters – Mexico is sticking to a plan to stop importing genetically modified corn and a ban on a widely used herbicide, a senior official told Reuters, doubling down on a policy that has pleased green advocates but alarmed industry leaders. The plan announced late last year by executive order aims to replace some 16

Mexican corn bans complex

Mexican corn bans complex

Proposal would see GMO corn and glyphosate both targeted for elimination

Reuters – The Mexican government’s push to wean itself off a massive dependence on genetically modified corn imports would upend the country’s food supply, including its big livestock sector, industry officials warn. A Dec. 31 decree banning the use of genetically modified corn over three years has sparked a frenzy of lobbying urging officials to reconsider. Both the Agriculture and Economy ministries held high-level meetings

Certified beef cattle are pictured on May 13, 2020 at Rancho Estrada in the town of San Agustin, on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (Photo: Reuters/Jose Luis Gonzalez)

More Mexican beef headed to U.S. dinner tables as supply crunch bites

"I think we're going to leap past Canada this year"

Mexico City/Chicago | Reuters — More Mexican steaks and other beef cuts are headed north of the border after the coronavirus outbreak has hobbled U.S. meat processing plants, potentially offsetting fears of shortages affecting businesses from fast-food chains to grocery stores but angering U.S. ranchers. The Mexican industry chalks up the export growth to new


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Mexico, Canada plow ahead on trade pact ratification despite Trump threats

Mexico City/Ottawa | Reuters — Mexico and Canada said on Friday they would proceed with plans to ratify a new continental trade pact despite a new threat from U.S. President Donald Trump that critics say could undermine chances of the treaty coming into force. Trump, whose administration has made passing the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) free