April 15, 2014
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico is changing its laws to allow the
planting of genetically modified corn for experimental reasons.
Growers will now be able to apply for government permission for
experimental plots. The law published Friday in the official
registry does not specify limits on how much GM corn can be planted
Mexico is the birthplace of corn and had banned GM varieties
completely until now.
Environmental groups oppose the measure, calling it the first
step toward widespread cultivation of GM corn.
Opponents warn that modified corn could contaminate fields and
threaten the crop's genetic diversity. Mexico has more than 200
varieties of corn.
The government has not said whether it plans a general
legalization of GM corn.
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