Mexico remains on high alert following the attempts of Monsanto and other agribusiness multinationals to win the government’s approval to plant 2.5 million hectares of transgenic maize in Mexico, the center of origin and diversity of maize. As ETC wrote last month, approval would allow the boldest coup of a global food crop in history and would threaten biodiversity, farmers’ rights and resilience in the face of climate change.
A Federal District Judge recently held that Fish and Wildlife Services’ (FWS) decision to permit the planting of genetically engineered crops in the Southeast Region without conducting requisite analysis violated federal law.
In a hearing held on November 5, the Court ordered that the Agency must stop growing GE crops in the Southeast Region until it complied with the environmental laws. Among other things, the Court held that: