Corn was first planted in Mexico more than 8,000 years ago. Local corn farms and unique native varieties are part of the country’s culture and heritage. Until recently, the crop has been protected from genetic modification by Mexico’s GMO ban. But now a new move by Monsanto puts all of that in jeopardy.
Last week, a judge overturned Mexico’s GMO ban, according to SumOfUs, an organization that is fundraising to support the appeal. (Click here to donate just $1 to help keep genetically engineered corn out of Mexico.)
Just to put this in context: After Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds were introduced to India’s cotton farms, it took only a few years for them to dominate 95% of the market.