* “Mexico is a voice joining the millions of people around the world who are demanding alternatives to restore dignity, the right to decide what they eat, water, a healthy and sustainable environment, information and life”: Bill
National campaign Without corn there is no country Developed itself at the request of the governments of the United States and Canada From a controversial commission on maize in Mexico. Therefore, they said, “Stop the aforementioned governments’ interference in national and food sovereignty.” Where these are not negotiated.
In this sense, he affirmed that the presidential decree ordering the gradual replacement of the use of the herbicide glyphosate and banning genetically modified maize, It provided an opportunity to materialize the changes prior to the neoliberal paradigm and the so-called “Green Revolution”.
Thus, once the first decree was issued, pressure from the US government and the agri-food companies it represented led them to submit a request for technical consultations in June 2023; Where they questioned the scientific foundations on which the aforementioned decree was based.
Since then, the campaign has indicated that the necessary evidence has been presented and the Mexican government has proposed a joint investigation, with the aim of analyzing the damage to human health caused by glyphosate and genetically modified maize.
The US government’s response was: No, the campaign said.
This rejection indicates that There is no will to move forward constructivelyBecause the very fact of its acceptance would call into question what the US government and transnational corporations sought to impose as the ultimate truth: that the glyphosate/GM corn technology package does not cause harm to health.
In other words, they try to ignore the fact that large segments of the population in the United States and Canada refuse to use this coupling, due to the accumulating evidence of its health harms.
For example in Lawsuits won by Americans who developed cancer from glyphosate use. Companies would rather pay those lawsuits than lose the multi-million dollar business that herbicides represent.
We are facing what has been announced since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – today the United States-Mexico-Canada Treaty (T-MEC)-: imposing decisions that benefit the United States and Canada by extracting them from common goods and models that respond to their interests. Economic without respecting the needs and decisions of Mexico. It is about surviving above the basic independence of the nation, its sovereignty, as the campaign indicated.
In addition, he noted that since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexico’s agri-food model has been modified, which has had negative consequences such as: Increased migration, epidemics of obesity, diabetes and other diseases associated with the massive consumption of fast food produced by industries that only pursue profit.
Faced with this situation, he stated that it was necessary to support the position of the Mexican Government, since it was based on the right to health, as well as the right to a healthy environment and biodiversity of indigenous Mexican maize.
It is also built on Defend the vital cultural wealth of the peasant communities and the gastronomic heritage of Mexico Classified as the intangible heritage of humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
It is time to unite voices and efforts to effect profound change in the way we interact with nature and produce our food. The campaign said it was time to work together to overcome the obesity and diabetes pandemic, whose social and economic costs are clearly affecting our country.
At the same time, he stressed that through a trade agreement, a foreign country should not be allowed to impose conditions that jeopardize the right to a healthy environment, health, life and decent work free from toxins, and the preservation of cultural heritage and biodiversity.
To all of the above, the national campaign “Without corn, there is no country” reiterates its stance of “No to trade agreements that serve as an excuse for foreign countries to alienate our sovereignty. No to the predatory agri-food model.”