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TITLE:  MEXICO FARMERS SLAM US FOOD IMPORTS

SOURCE: Prensa Latina, Cuba

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URL:    http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID=%7B02E40A9D-2043-4A15-9348-FD8D399B1FDA%7D)&language=EN

DATE:   09.07.2007

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MEXICO FARMERS SLAM US FOOD IMPORTS

Mexico, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) Mexico National Farmers Confederation (CNC) denounced Monday genetically modified food imports coming from the United States and demanded the government’s protection of biodiversity and human health. According to Cruz Lopez, CNC President, from over 11 million tons of corn purchased by Mexicans importers in US by 2006, 70 percent was genetically modified. The Farmers Union demanded federal government to strictly impose protection mechanisms on biodiversity and human health into Mexican law to face genetically modified food, especially corn, rice and wheat. The farmers’ leader considered that the entrance of that type of food into the country began over 10 years ago with the signing of the Free Trade Treaty between Mexico, Canada and United States in 1994. The implementation of Cartagenas Protocol is not currently fulfilling its function that involves actions for the mobilization in the borders to prevent geneticaly modified import.


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