Friday, December 14, 2012

Monsanto Destroying Mexico's Maize

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2012!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

From Wikipedia
Maize (play /ˈmz/ MAYZ; Zea mays L, from Spanish: maíz after Taíno mahiz), known in many English-speaking countries as corn, is a grain domesticated by indigenous peoples in Mesoamerica in prehistoric times. The leafy stalk produces ears which contain seeds called kernels. Though technically a grain, maize kernels are used in cooking as a starch. The Olmec and Mayans cultivated it in numerous varieties throughout Mesoamerica, cooked, ground or processed through nixtamalization. Beginning about 2500 BC, the crop spread through much of the Americas.[1] The region developed a trade network based on surplus and varieties of maize crops Read More Here

Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen

This is so tragic

The Monsanto Corporation has won the right to begin planting genetically modified () corn in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Although the company touts higher crop yields and new drought resistant vegetables, their presence has been met with vehement opposition in Mexico and in other countries with unfavorable relationship with the largest developer of genetically modified crops. Corn was first domesticated in Mexico some 10,000 years ago, and introducing corn crops would likely disrupt and permanently change a long running history of corn cultivation by small, independent farmers.

The move by Monsanto, farmers say, continues a corporate agenda made possible through the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement.

Elena Alvarez-Buylla, Investigator for the Ecological Institute Union of Scientists Committed to Society, commented on the situation in a recent statement saying:
“It is regrettable that the Mexican authorities have yielded to the demands of this corporation, and have done so during the electoral process as well as the spring – summer crop season, withholding any announcement and approving three new permits to plant transgenic corn in its pilot phase for Monsanto in northern Tamaulipas.”

Effect on Mexican farmers

Greenpeace, the largest environmental advocacy group, issued a statement in 1999, warning  the Mexican government that new genetically modified forms of corn coming from the United States would pollute Mexican crops.
Mexico is considered to be the birthplace of corn in the Western hemisphere, having domesticated the crop as early as 10,000 years ago. Farmers have developed several natural strains of corn through hundreds of years farming maize. This special history developing corn has resulted in several, natural forms of drought resistant corn. However, if an agreement were reached, farmers would be forced to abandon long-held practices, instead planting GMO Monsanto corn.

Green Peace & Mexico's Corn

The Fight is still going on over Mexican maize

 GM free States arising in Mexico:

Because of the lack of interest of federal government to protect the large diversity of Mexican maize against the contamination of GM crop, Michoacán State congress passed by a majority the “Law of Promotion and Protection of Native Maize as Alimentary Patrimony of Michoacán State”, which will allow the protection of 18 of the 59 races of this crop that exist in Mexico. Michoacán is the fourth largest maize producer on a national scale and represents 30 percent of Mexico’s total maize crop area.
Read More Here


Biotech industry's propaganda after bad harvests

On the other side, the consequences of recent frosts in northern states on maize production
and the aggressive propaganda of the industry is still putting Mexican’s basic grain at risk.

Our warnings to the Mexican government have fallen on deaf ears and now the tragic loss of more than 5 millions foods grain confirms our worse fears: a model that neglects and excludes indigenous and small corn producers from public policies, that ignores and doesn't take care of the ecological production and instead concentrates the nation's resources in mono-crop industrial agriculture is vulnerable to massive failure. Read More here

Monsanto plotting to wipe out genetic diversity of corn in Mexico with GMO corn

If approved by Calderon, "this parting gift to the gene giants will amount to a knife in the heart of the center of origin and diversity for maize," said the ETC Group, an organization that works to address the socioeconomic and ecological issues surrounding new technologies that could have an impact on the world's poorest and most vulnerable people, in a statement published on its website.

The consequences of Calderon's decision "will be grave - and global," ETC Group warned, because planting so much GM maize would essentially wipe out all biodiversity, as well as the various local varieties of corn, developed over the course of the past 7,000 years.