The national debate about the use of GMOs in Mexico experienced a significant shift when the technology received strong academic support from one of the most important colleges in Latin America.
This past November, the Biotechnology Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) publicly endorsed the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture. This was made in the context of the presentation of the book “Transgenicos: Amplios beneficios, ausencia de daños y mitos” (Transgenics: Wide benefits, absence of damage and myths). The 500-page book represents extensive research conducted by Mexican scientists and highlights the many positive aspects of GMOs.
“It seems unfair and immoral that farmers in Mexico cannot opt for the biotechnology of transgenic cultivars as in several countries of Ibero-America, where there is no evidence of damage by planting, but of coexistence between this type of cultivars,” states a passage in the book.
From 1996 to date, the Mexican government has authorized different strains of transgenic corn for human consumption and for food processing.
However, due to the controversy surrounding agricultural technology, the planting of some crops that had already been approved in the past is now prohibited.
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