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Indigenous Activists Win Major Court Rulings Against Monsanto in Mexico


Alex Pietrowski, Staff
Waking Times 

Monsanto must now consult with indigenous communities throughout the Yucatán peninsula before they will be granted any future permits for GMO soy farming, as of a court decision in early November 2015. Monsanto planned to farm genetically modified soybean in over 250,000 hectares of the Yucatán region, yet a Mexican court has suspended the Biotech giant’s permit. The judgement was based on constitutional law that requires the consideration of indigenous communities affected by development projects.

The key organizations involved in the effort to stop GMO soy farming in Mexico were the Maya beekeepers, made up of about 15,000 Maya families who produce and collect honey and who filed the injunction, with the support of Greenpeace, Indignación and Litiga OLE. The Mayans primary concern is that “growing the plant requires the use of glyphosate, a herbicide classified as probably carcinogenic,” putting their communities, environment and economic activities at risk.

Not surprisingly, Monsanto continues to argue that GM soybean has no effect on bees or honey production. Monsanto has already been accused of contributing to the deforestation in the state of Campeche, Mexico, where it has been expanding its agrochemical interests.

Since 2013, transnational agrochemical companies have been aggressively seeking permission from the federal government to lift the provisional ban on the sales of transgenic maize seeds in the country. Even though the ban was overturned in August 2015, a new court decision also in early November, made by federal judge Benjamin Soto Sánchez, head of the second Unitarian Court in Civil and Administrative Matters of the First Circuit, “upheld a provisional suspension prohibiting federal agencies from processing and granting the privilege of sowing or releasing into the environment of transgenic maize in the country.”

This latter victory against Monsanto is a result of activist organization Colectividad en Defensa del Maíz (CDM), which was also supported by Greenpeace México. René Sánchez, the attorney for CDM, applauded the court’s decision and stated that sowing of transgenic seeds “theatens the biological diversity, agricultural activities and culture of Mexico.”

About 30% of maize farmed across Mexico and 30% of soy in the Yucatán are currently grown from GMO seeds. Mexico also imports GMO yellow corn from the United States, where it accounts for about 90% of the market. Mexico is part of a larger Latin American movement to stop Monsanto from expanding into the territory.

About the Author

Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for and Offgrid Outpost, a provider of storable food and emergency kits. Alex is an avid student of Yoga and life.


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  • Jerry Schull

    I thought I was safe from GMO buying Mexican corn. WTF? If it’s illegal to grow in Mexico why is it there? The crap needs to uprooted and sent back to Monsanto. Bury Monsanto in their poison.

    • HeWasAGoodLadAtDerbyJimmy

      Read the article properly. It’s perfectly legal to grow it in Mexico … 30% of all Mexican corn is biotech … the court upheld the requirement requirement for Monsanto (and all others) to consult with indigenous people in this province before planting. The court case is about indigenous rights, not the safety of GMOs.

      • Jerry Schull

        Yea, I got that. Just very disappointed there isn’t a reliable source of GMO free (no cross-contamination) corn. If it’s close, bees will carry the pollen.

        • HeWasAGoodLadAtDerbyJimmy

          The US has had GMO corn and derivatives for more than 20 years without a single case of illness. Given that the US is the most litigious country in the history of the world, I’d take that as indication of the safety of GMO corn.

          • sunny733

            Right…..keep believing.


          • HeWasAGoodLadAtDerbyJimmy

            Sarcasm aside, your reply brings up some important points, sunny733. First, it’s not a matter of belief – I follow the scientific method which means as data is verified I can examine what the most up-to-date reasoning suggests. That means if you had supplied evidence to strengthen your point of view I would have to take it seriously into account. Second, the reply you gave, however, didn’t add any value to the discussion. Third, the proper use of an ellipse is space dot dot dot space … but don’t just believe me, check it for yourself. Have a great weekend. Peace out.

          • sunny733

            LOL, you’re a silly man. I guess I got an F on my grammar. But you get one for being silly, as there is a lot of evidence (and lack of, also), of GMO’s being quite unsafe. I don’t have to put anything out there for you. Research yourself. Twenty years is not enough to put an approval on GMO’s. It will take more time and research than that.

            I have done research, and I’m on the opposite side of your’s. You have your opinion, and I have mine…….ok?


            p.s. Get the sarcasm in the last bit of my last sentence? Yes? Good~!!

            LOL, silly man.

          • HeWasAGoodLadAtDerbyJimmy

            Quad erat demonstrandum.

          • sunny733

            Right, in your dreams.

            Derideo te.
            Stultitia hominis.


          • HeWasAGoodLadAtDerbyJimmy

            Please … if you want to call me a stupid man in Latin you first need to know Latin. The ‘man’ part is implied by the declination of the word you chose so it doesn’t need to be there. And because you’re calling me this, you need the vocative form; so, stultis would be what you’re groping for.

          • sunny733

            I only took it for a year; think I’m pretty good for the amount of time invested. I wasn’t calling you stupid, but silly, but that’s how it goes with languages, sometimes getting the right syntax is hard. And thanks for the lesson.


          • Chris Estrada

            the existence of that evidence that you mention here is simple not true.

          • Sissel Hansen

            you mean the country that think it is ok and legal to wash meat with chlorin up to 14 times, before it is rinsed, procesed , added flavor to make it tast like meat again? who uses artificial flavior that most other countries hav banned due to health reasons?.. no, sorry, I do NOT trust the states on this one.

  • toodorky

    Thank you Mexican Indigenous Activists

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