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Study: GMO Corn Not a Threat to Mexico

posted on November 12, 2004

Genetically modified corn is not likely to contaminate the Mexican countryside where corn was born, but Mexico still should limit and better regulate its importation of biotech corn from the United States, a NAFTA watchdog groups said this week.

A study by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation said corn that has been altered in a laboratory is not likely to displace or cannibalize native ancestral species. Those species gave rise to modern corn and still can be found in rural corners of southern Oaxaca State.

But because no one knows for sure how much genetically modified corn already has been mistakenly planted in Mexican fields, the group said steps should be taken to slow the amount of biotech seed coming across the border.

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