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TITLE:  Mexican Senate approves controversial law to allow limited use of
        genetically-modified crops
SOURCE: The Associated Press, posted by Hoover News
        http://hoovnews.hoovers.com/fp.asp?layout=query_displaynews&q
        =MEXICAN+AND+%28senate%29&so=&dc=&ro=&ed=&sd=&s=1&boldtext=MEXICAN
        +AND+%28senate%29&sym=&doc_id=NR20030425140.5_f65b00030e401fa3
DATE:   Apr 24, 2003

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Mexican Senate approves controversial law to allow limited use of
genetically-modified crops

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The Mexican Senate approved a new law Thursday that
would allow genetically modified crops under certain limits and require
some labeling of foods containing those so-called "GM" components. While
the law seeks to protect native Mexican plants from accidental releases
or contamination by GM crops, environmentalists said the safeguards are
not strong enough. "The spirit of this law is more in line with corporate
interests, not the public interest," said Liza Covantes of GreenPeace
Mexico, in a statement distributed before the law was passed on an 87-3
vote, with 2 abstentions. But the law was likely to please neither U.S.
agricultural interests - who oppose any labeling requirement - or Mexican
farm activists, who advocate a total ban on GM crops. The debate came to
the forefront in Mexico in 2001, when some researchers claimed they had
found GM genes contaminating some native varieties of corn in Mexico,
where the grain was first domesticated. Other scientists later called
into question those findings. The law approved Thursday - which still
must be approved by the lower house of congress - would impose safeguards
on experimental planting of GM seeds, and require them to be declared
risk-free before they are released for human consumption or wider
plantings. Foods made with GM crops would have to reflect that fact in
their labeling.