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Mexican beekeepers ‘win the battle’ against Monsanto

Mexican beekeepers ‘win the battle’ against Monsanto


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The permit had authorized Monsanto to grow genetically modified soybeans in seven states across the country, despite protests from farmers and beekeepers, as well as Greenpeace activists and various environmental organizations.

Scientific evidence on the threats posed by transgenic soy crops for honey production in the Yucatan peninsula - which includes the states of Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatán - convinced the judge of the need to withdraw the permit. Consequently, it ruled that the coexistence of honey and soy production with the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is not possible, according to the newspaper ‘The Guardian’.

Mexico is the sixth largest producer and the third largest world exporter of honey. Some 25,000 families in Yucatán, a region that produces around 40% of the country's honey, depend on its production.

Soybean, corn, canola, sugar beet, cotton and alfalfa crops have been modified to be resistant to glyphosate, the active ingredient in the pesticide Roundup. Some experts argue that glyphosate poses a risk to human and animal health, a claim that Monsanto rejects.

In addition to health risks, this element causes damage to the environment, water and bee colonies, which are currently declining rapidly.

With this decision Yucatán joins Campeche, where an almost identical resolution was adopted in March. The two sentences have set a precedent that will help farmers, activists and environmentalists take local legal action against the introduction of genetically modified soybeans and corn.

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Video: Protecting Mexicos native bee population (July 2022).


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