Speaking Event: Mexico Stop GM Maize With Collective Action
Speaker: Adelita San Vicente Tello and René Sánchez Galindo
This news has spread all over the country and around the world. Joy has filled the heart of thousands.
From the cradle of this sacred plant we, the women and men of maize, reject the introduction of GMOs in our greatest bio-cultural heritage and thus, we strike a blow to transnational seed industries leaded by Monsanto.
For more than 10 years, a battle for maize has been fought in Mexico: on one side, indigenous peoples who resume their origin, culture, life and survival in this plant claim their legitimate right to freely reproduce it; along these peoples, a wide range of citizens know the risks of genetically modifying their food staple and understand their commitment to preserve it for future generations. Against them, we find the greed of the biotechnology industry who is trying to transform our plant into a strategic goods that will guarantee profits in the global agribusiness market.
Nevertheless, GMOs have corrupted to gain ground make progress. Felipe Calderon´s administration illegally granted permits for experimental and pilot phase sowing of GM maize, on which results have been concealed. Today, there are 79 new pending applications. The good news is that all of them have been suspended by a judicial authority. The actual administration faces the question whether to defend the wealth of native maize or become Monsanto´s cheap bureaucrat.