Farmer says concerns linger on Mexico’s GMO corn decree

Kansas soybean farmer Keith Miller of Great Bend says Mexico’s stance on GMO corn imports is a grave concern for US farmers.

Miller says he and a group of farmers who are on a trade mission with the US Meat Export Federation to Monterrey, Mexico met with a Mexican trade official this week. “The trade ambassador for agriculture for the state of Mexico, he said they are working on it hard,” he says. “He thought that they would come to a resolution.”

He tells Brownfield the group also met with a US trade official based in Mexico.   “He thought things were going to work out,” he says.  “We’ll just have to wait and see whether that actually happens.  But they both acknowledged that it is a major item that needs to be worked on.”

Mexico recently announced it would immediately ban imports of genetically modified corn for human consumption.  However, it will allow imports of GMO corn for animal and industrial use while it explores substitutes.   

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