Originally published: Sustainable Pulse
Originally published: Medium
By: Lorraine Chow
By: P.J. Huffstutter and Tomas Sarmiento
Monsanto Co on Friday denied that plantings of its genetically modified soybeans have impacted bees, led to deforestation or caused damage to the honey production industry in two Mexican states.
Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a move to allow the planting of genetically modified soya seeds in two states, arguing that indigenous communities that had fought the move should be consulted before it was approved.
Agricultural giant Monsanto hopes to double its sales in Mexico over the next five years, depending in part on whether permits for the cultivation of commercial-scale genetically modified corn are approved in the country, a company official said on Tuesday.
Global seed technology giant Monsanto said on Monday it has launched a global center in Mexico for developing new hybrid and genetically modified strains of corn, part of the company's push to boost output of the planet's most widely produced grain.
The genetic diversity of maize, or corn, is declining in Mexico, where the world’s largest food crop originated, report researchers in Mexico and at the University of California, Davis.