Trade mission provides an opportunity to discuss Mexico’s ban on GE corn

The U.S. and Mexico continue to spar over Mexico’s ban on genetically engineered white corn.

Courtney Kingery, CEO of the Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, and Indiana Corn Growers, says she had the opportunity to discuss the ban with Mexico’s Secretary of the Economy during a recent trade mission with Indiana’s governor. “She said that the Mexican government continues to value agricultural trade and continues to value US corn supplies into Mexico,” she says.

Kingery tells Brownfield the Secretary provided some assurance about the future trading relationships between the two countries. “The GM white corn decree, she does not feel like it will impact trade from the US to Mexico for feed and industrial uses,” she says.

In February 2023, the president of Mexico issued a decree to immediately ban imports of GE white corn with the ultimate goal of blocking all GE corn.

The U.S. has been in dispute settlement talks with Mexico since last year and maintains that the country’s attempt to justify its ban on imports of GM corn is not based on science. Doug McKalip, chief ag negotiator for the US Trade Representatives office, recently told Brownfield he expects a ruling from the dispute panel soon.

AUDIO: Courtney Kingery, Indiana Corn and Indiana Soybean

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