Tuesday, January 31, 2023

US puts Mexico’s offer on blockade of transgenic corn ‘under scrutiny’

US government Undertook to review Mexico’s proposal to resolve the dispute gm corn ban By 2024, a situation that could be resolved next January.

On Friday, a delegation of high-ranking Mexican officials led by Secretary of the Economy, Raquel Buenrostrothey met with United States Trade Representative, Catherine TaiAnd this Agriculture Secretary Tom VilsackTo discuss the presidential decree banning the import of grain.

according to a joint statement by Commercial Representation (USTR) And this Department of Agriculture (USDA)The Mexican delegation presented some possible amendments to the decree in an attempt to address American concerns.

They noted that there was an open discussion about the deep concerns surrounding the sanctions import of Biotech Maize and others biotechnology products derived from Decree of President López Obrador,


“We agreed to closely review your proposal and follow up on questions or concerns as soon as possible. There is a joint recognition that time is of the essence and we must quickly decide on a way forward,” USTR and USDA said in their statement. said in the document.

On the Mexican side, Economia issued a statement saying that on this visit to Washington, DC mexican government Explained its food security policy and its conservation objectives bio cultural heritage Of 60 varieties of corngive a guarantee self-sufficiency in maize Along with the use of tortillas to strengthen food security in north america,

Mexican officials stress to US officials that government policies guarantee respect commercial commitments and provide regulatory certainty and standardized and stable benchmarks for producers.

“Agreed to continue constructive talks so as to consolidate a mutual understanding in January that will give legal certainty For all parties,” Economia said.

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In this context the National Council of Agriculture (CNA) The Mexican government welcomes coordination with its American counterparts to find a solution in the subject of transgenic corn,

In a statement, the trade body recognized the work of the Government of Mexico in facilitating the high-level meeting between the agencies involved in the two countries.

“constructive conversation of Secretariat of the Economy, Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources and Foreign Relationsstrives to find agreements that bring together all voices on both sides of the border,” the CNA said, stressing that the government’s commitment to the country’s agricultural development is clear.

He pointed out that it is necessary to maintain cooperation between the countries making USMCA and strengthens complementarities in agri-food trade, as it allows legal certainty Provides food security for all parties and for the entire region.

“All of us who are part of Mexican Agricultural Food ChainWe are committed to providing healthy and harmless products that guarantee food security Take care of the environment, food and health of the country and, in turn, of Mexicans”, he said.

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