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Mexican Campesinos Applaud Anti-GE Corn Report

Tierramérica, Oct 25, 2004

MEXICO CITY - Indigenous communities in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca applaud a report detailing how genetically modified maize has contaminated local cornfields. The study was prepared by the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC).

The document was distributed last week by the environmental watchdog Greenpeace, before the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States -- the three members of the CEC -- had decided whether to make the study public.

The authors of the report recommend strengthening the moratorium on cultivating transgenic corn, limiting corn imports from the United States, and developing ways to eradicate the modified genes that contaminated local maize varieties.

''We have zero trust in the Mexican government. We don't believe it is going to take into consideration this report, a document that we fully support,'' Aldo González, of the Oaxaca Union of Sierra Juárez Organizations -- representing 15,000 peasant farmers -- told Tierramérica.