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Mexico to Allow Gene-Altered Crops

posted on February 25, 2005

Mexico is opening the door to genetically modified food with President Vicente Fox to sign a bill that would provide a regulatory framework for gene-altered crops and require manufacturers to label food containing them, according to the Associated Press.

The measure has been praised by some Mexican agriculture groups, who feel they have been cut off from new technology and can't compete with the United States and Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Genetically modified food is used widely in the United States, but has been criticized in Europe and the developing world as unsafe.

Mexican activists and a handful of senators have said the new Mexican regulations would open the door to genetically modified organisms without proper safeguards and guarantees.

While the bill does not grant immediate approval for any crop, it sets out the framework for approving such planting in the future.

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