The Ministry of Economy (SE) mentioned this Monday that it received the request for technical consultations under the Mexico-United States-Canada Treaty (T-MEC) carried out by the US government, on the policy of the Mexican Government that raises restrictions on GM corn and the use of glyphosatedefending that this has not caused commercial affectation and consistent with the agreement.
“As this secretariat has pointed out on several occasions, the objective of the Decree is to preserve that the tortilla is made with native corn, thus ensuring the conservation of the biodiversity of the more than 64 breeds of corn that exist in the country, of which which 59 are endemic”said the Ministry of Economy in a release.
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The agency did not refer to the causes of the prohibition of the use of glyphosate, which is an irritant to the government of USA.
HE clarified that the government’s request for US “It is not of a contentious nature, but a previous stage in which a solution is sought in a cooperative manner”.
“Mexico will take advantage of this mechanism provided for in the T-MEC to demonstrate with data and evidence that there has been no commercial impact and that, on the contrary, the Decree is consistent with the Treaty itself”the agency said in its statement.
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On Monday morning the office of the United States Trade Representation (USTR) announced that it had initiated the formal request for technical consultations under the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Chapter of USMCA to discuss with Mexico various concerns about its policy related to biotechnological products in agriculture.
USTR He did not specify the concerns, but it comes after the publication on February 13 of a decree that prohibits the importation of transgenic corn for the elaboration of dough and tortilla, reaffirming the veto to the planting of transgenic corn in national territory and orders to put an end to herbicide use known as glyphosate from February 2024.