Why does Mexico want to ban GMO corn?
Mexico’s move to ban biotech corn has left the U.S. ag industry baffled, with many arguing it is not based on science, but researchers say that it goes beyond that, to a cultural level.
In Mexico, corn is more than just a crop. It is considered a big part of heritage, culture, and tradition.
The country is home to more than 50 native corn varieties, and Mexican leaders believe those could be threatened if genetically modified crops are introduced.
Ambrook Research says that could pose a threat to their cultural heritage.
Just recently, the country introduced a 50% tariff on white corn imports, and they modified regulations ensuring tortilla makers are using only non-genetically modified white corn.