Mexico – New decree prohibits the use of transgenic corn for human consumption

Through the Official Journal of the Federation, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador issued an order to revoke and no longer grant authorizations for the use of genetically modified corn intended for human consumption, as well as the use of glyphosate, a herbicide widely used in the field.

This decree replaces one from December 2020 and its objective, the Ministry of Economy (SE) subsequently detailed in a press release, is to specify the objective and scope of public policies, as well as to “eliminate any possible imprecision of the predecessor text, which lent itself to diverse interpretations”.

The decree, he explained, is strictly limited to corn, so that canola, soybean, cotton and the rest of the raw materials are not subject to this regulation. In addition, to avoid confusion, the decree establishes a categorization of corn according to its use: human food (dough and tortillas), fodder and industrialized corn for human food.