Mexico offered the United States to extend until 2025 the term to start with the prohibition in the country of genetically modified cornindicated this Wednesday the Secretary of Economy, Raquel Buenrostro.
The official added that Mexico prepares a proposal to modify a presidential decree which aims to gradually eliminate transgenic corn by 2024 and which has aroused discontent in the United States, the main source of the crop for the Latin American country.
“We are working here, within the Government, to make this new decree and present it,” Buenrostro said at a press conference. “We need to have a meeting (…) with the United States to explain and put on the table the modifications of this proposal“he added.
The Mexican ban shook the agricultural sector and threatened legal action by the United States, which indicated that could consider measures within the framework of the North American trade agreement, T-MEC.
Buenrostro also added that the announced gradual suppression does not prevent transgenic yellow corn from being used for animal feed.
At the end of November, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported that his administration hoped to reach an agreement on the issue with the United States, which annually sends to the country about 17 million tons of corn.
At the end of last month, López Obrador announced that during a meeting that He argued with the US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, offered to extend the import of yellow corn for livestock use for 2 more years while it is defined if it is safe.
López Obrador reported that in conversations with the US official, he reiterated that the importation of this type of corn for human consumption will not be allowed. He said that if an agreement is not reached and the courts are resorted to, Mexico has elements to ensure that its position is respected.