Mexico Offers Amendments to Planned Biotech Restrictions

The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office and USDA are evaluating proposed amendments to Mexico’s decree banning the use and purchase of biotech commodities beginning in early 2024.  In a joint statement, Trade Representative Katherine Tai and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack say that they have agreed to review the proposal closely and follow up with questions or concerns in short order.  The two officials met with a delegation of senior Mexican Government officials in Washington, D.C. late last week. On the same day, a group of more than 20 farm-state senators including Missouri’s Josh Hawley urged both leaders to take action against Mexico’s plan to ban U.S. genetically-engineered corn. In their letter the senators write that that ban would, “be detrimental to food security in Mexico, hurt U.S. agricultural sustainability, and stifle future agricultural technology innovations that would benefit both nations.”

From NAFB News Service