Genetically modified organisms
Farmers in the United States are urging their government to challenge a looming Mexican ban on genetically modified corn under a regional free trade agreement.
Statement of the Mexican, European and international civil society, 4 July 2022
While industry lobbyists succeeded in convincing trade negotiators to include agricultural biotechnology provisions in the USMCA, they now misstate the scope of the text that was agreed to by Canada, Mexico and the US.
The US needs to take enforcement action under the USMCA to address Mexico’s continued refusal to approve genetically modified crops, Biotechnology Innovation Organization President told lawmakers.
Mexican president announced last year that the country plans to ban genetically modified corn and the use of glyphosate
Recent calls for the US to launch a trade dispute over Mexico’s proposed decree to ban glyphosate and the planting and importation of GM corn mischaracterize the science on glyphosate, the decree and the role of US trade policy.
Agribusiness giant Bayer/Monsanto claims that Mexico’s proposed restrictions on the active ingredient in its Roundup herbicide violate the country’s trade agreement with the US.
The EU-Mercosur agreement is inconsistent with the EU’s recently announced Farm-to-Fork Strategy, which aims to dramatically reduce pesticide use and completely ban any residue on food of pesticides not registered for use in the EU.
Anti-biotech activists and sentiment are entrenched throughout Africa, but US farm groups and businesses are hoping a free-trade agreement with Kenya will help the country break through its GMO barriers
74 NGOs have written to the EU Commission to demand that genetically modified crops are not pushed onto Europe’s fields and plates as part of a trade deal with the USA.
US Soybean Export Council and the American Soybeans Association wants the inclusion of provisions on agricultural biotech in the US-Kenya agreement.
The European Union is prepared to lower barriers for US agricultural goods such as GMOs as part of a mini trade deal, but don’t expect bigger concessions like cutting tariffs or changing EU laws, an EU official said.
It is time for America and Europe to embrace innovation and technology in a safe, sustainable agriculture, says US Secretary of Agriculture.
The discussion over science-based policymaking in the EU, in general, has been heating up in recent years, with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) front and centre of the debate.
CETA raises many questions and it is up to food businesses to comply with various requirements, in order to highlight their products and provide accurate information.
Eyeing a quick trade deal with the United States after Brexit, UK’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tried to revive discussions over Genetically Modified Organisms.
USMCA, a modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement, includes several positive changes for the seed industry.
The proposed new NAFTA, dubbed the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), would expedite exports and imports of food and agricultural products, purportedly based on “scientific principles” and “science-based decision making.”
“Brexit” presents a number of significant risks to the future of sustainable food and agriculture in both the UK and the EU.
Similar to the July 2017 draft of the Mercosur agreement, the November 2017 version only contains one single reference to the precautionary principle