© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A employee holds GMO yellow corn imported from the U.S., at a cattle feed plant in Tepexpan, Mexico March 15, 2023. REUTERS/Raquel Cunha
By Leah Douglas
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. commerce dispute with Mexico over genetically modified corn is predicted to be resolved by the tip of this year, U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator Doug McKalip stated on Wednesday.
Mexico revealed a presidential decree in 2020 that stated the nation would ban GM corn from human diets, arguing it threatens the nation’s native corn varieties and will pose a menace to human well being.
In August, the U.S. requested a dispute panel below the North American commerce pact, arguing the Mexican decree shouldn’t be primarily based on science and violates its commerce commitments.
“This (case) is about a lot more than biotech corn. It’s about making sure that nations adhere to the provisions of the trade agreements they’ve already signed and making sure we stick to science as the underpinning of trade,” McKalip stated on the convention of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.
Mexico buys about $5 billion of U.S. GM corn every year, most for livestock feed.
The dispute panel’s members and chair have been chosen and arguments earlier than the panel have been scheduled for later in 2024, McKalip stated.
Spokespeople for Mexico’s agriculture ministry and economic system ministry didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.