Mexico Revokes Monsanto’s Permit to Market Soy

The headquarters of Monsanto, near St. Louis, Mo. Monsanto is the world's largest seed supplier.

The headquarters of Monsanto, near St. Louis, Mo. Monsanto is the world’s largest seed supplier.

By MCNS Staff

Mexico’s agriculture sanitation authority SENASICA revoked Monsanto’s permit to commercialize genetically modified soy in seven Mexican states this past month, according to Reuters.

The Mexican newspaper Reforma referenced a document stating that the permit was withdrawn as a result of the detection of transgenic Monsanto soya in areas where its growth was not authorized.

Monsanto responded to the document by stating that authorities did not perform analysis on how the soy was sown.

The revocation applies to the states of Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi, Veracruz, Chiapas, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo and it follows a 2016 legal suspension of the permit.

Monsanto has been highly successful in taking legal action against individual farmers in the US when Monsanto GMO seeds were carried by the wind and as a result, ended up growing on the land of other farmers. According to its website, they have taken farmers to court 147 times in the US since 1997. Only nine of these cases went to court and Monsanto won all of them. However, the tables are turning against the GMO giant in Mexico as well as in the US where individual farmers are organizing.

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