In the past, the Mexican government has approved some 90 GMO corn varieties for import, among nearly 170 total approvals for GMO seeds including cotton and soybeans. But under President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office in late 2018, no GMO seeds have been approved by health regulator Cofepris. Here, a worker samples an imported load of corn at Tuxpan, in Veracruz. | Reuters/Henry Romero photo

Mexico nixes new GMO corn permit for first time, farm lobby says

MEXICO CITY, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Mexican health safety regulators have rejected a new variety of GMO corn for the first time, the head of the country’s top farm lobby told Reuters, in a sign the government is hardening its position against genetically-modified crops. Mexico, birthplace of modern corn, has never permitted the commercial-scale cultivation […] Read more



Mexican agriculture minister Victor Villalobos assured U.S. agriculture chief Tom Vilsack earlier this year that imported genetically modified corn for animal feed would be exempted from the proposed ban. However, there are signs that Villalobos and his moderate allies have not yet won that battle and may be losing. | Reuters/Edgard Garrido photo

Clashing visions of Mexico’s GMO corn ban cloud impact

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Reuters) — A clash at the top of Mexico’s agriculture ministry over the scope of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s push to prohibit genetically modified corn has cast uncertainty over the industry. If liberally interpreted and successfully implemented, the new rules could ban imports of GM corn by 2024, ending a dependence […] Read more

The Russian Federation said undeclared or unregistered GMOs were found in recent shipments and that products shipped before June 17 would be tested before being allowed entry, according to a Canadian Food Inspection Agency statement. | Getty Images

Russia suspends feed shipments from Canada over GMOs

Russia has suspended imports of animal and pet feed from Canada, citing undeclared GMOs. The Russian Federation said undeclared or unregistered GMOs were found in recent shipments and that products shipped before June 17 would be tested before being allowed entry, according to a Canadian Food Inspection Agency statement. The CFIA, Agriculture Canada and Global […] Read more


Juan Cortina, president of Mexico’s Farm Council, said he thinks the lawsuits are needed to get the government to back down. | File photo

Glyphosate, GM corn ban lawsuits likely in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) — The Mexican government’s plan to stop importing genetically modified corn and using glyphosate will likely face legal challenges this month to reverse the proposal, according to the new head of Mexico’s top farm lobby. Juan Cortina, president of Mexico’s Farm Council, said he thinks the lawsuits are needed to get the […] Read more

American scientists are worried that new U.S. rules to govern GMOs make a distinction between genetic modification and gene editing.  | File photo

Researchers want GMO transparency

There has long been consumer interest in genetically modified food, including criticism that there is not enough public information about GM and gene edited crops in the food supply. Now, researchers at North Carolina State University are calling for a coalition of the biotech industry, government, non-government organizations, trade organizations and academic experts to tackle […] Read more

A farmer holds different types of corn cobs in Otzolotepec, on the outskirts of Mexico City, February 7, 2017. Picture taken February 7, 2017. Reuters/Carlos Jasso/File photo

Farmer criticism of Mexican GMO corn ban not universal

MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) — Mexico’s main agricultural lobby has criticized the government’s decision to ban genetically modified corn, while organic growers hailed the move that should protect smaller farmers. Mexico will “revoke and refrain from granting permits for the release of genetically modified corn seeds into the environment,” stated a decree issued Dec. 31, which […] Read more


Deforestation in Brazil is partly blamed on a need for farmers in that country to increase production to meet livestock feed demands from Europe, which it can’t meet itself because of a refusal to grow genetically modified crops.  |  REUTERS/Bruno Kelly photo

Anti-GMO EU takes Amazon crisis heat

European environmental organizations were among the first to publicly advocate against the commercial introduction of genetically modified crops more than 20 years ago. Since this time, these environmental groups have intensively lobbied to have GM crop production banned in the EU. Today, they’ve been successful in that effort, as Portugal and Spain are the only […] Read more

Many people in the grain industry are trying to figure out what may have happened, including former Monsanto researcher Curtis Rempel, who was involved with the development of Roundup Ready wheat.
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Cause of GM wheat escape unlikely to be known

Scientists describe incident as ‘bizarre’ as they try to figure out how wheat plants showed up in an Alberta ditch

It appears the public will never know how Monsanto’s Roundup Ready trait ended up in wheat plants discovered in Alberta 17 years after the company shut down field trials of the MON71200 GM trait. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said in the conclusion page of its incident report that it was unable to identify the […] Read more