A ruling by a judge in Mexico City has suspend the planting of genetically modified corn in our country.
“The issue at hand relates to cultivation,” Andrew Conner, manager of global technology for the U.S. Grains Council told Agriculture.com Wednesday. “We’ve been tracking this for quite a while to make sure it doesn’t spill over into trade barriers.”
“In the case of Mexico, we have no reason to believe that what is happening now, with the ruling of the judge, will spill over and affect imports,” Conner said.
Mexico usually ranks second behind Japan as the largest export market for U.S. corn.
The release of genetically modified corn is a controversial issue in Mexico, the birthplace of corn. Home to scores of traditional corn varieties. And scientists have found low levels of modified genes in native corn, even though a moratorium on planting genetically modified corn has been in effect since 1998.