Mexico has retracted a date previously set for a ban on genetically modified (GM) corn in animal feed and industrial use. However, the country says it will retain its plans to ban GM corn for human consumption. The U.S. Government shared its disappointment in the ruling, saying it adheres to “science-based, rule-based” trading systems.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement that the U.S. remains committed to preventing disruptions to bilateral agricultural trade. He says the ban, slated to start in January 2024, will cause economic harm to both countries. Mexico also plans to ban imports of glyphosate starting in March of 2024. However, the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) office said it is considering taking action under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) over the announcement.
The National Corn Growers shared a statement following the decree, expressing disappointment in the ruling that “singles out corn – the (U.S.’) number one ag export to Mexico.”
Read more on ongoing trade friction between the U.S. and Mexico here.
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