Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Agency muzzled on GMO corn ('til now)

The agency that provides environmental impact advice on free trade between Canada, the United States and Mexico is recommending special steps to protect Mexico's widely varied natural species of corn from genetic contamination by genetically modified corn, the Chicago Tribune reports. The Commission on Environmental Cooperation was ready to release its findings in June. But, the Bush administration blocked the release until after the presidential election. A key recommendation is to extend the moratorium on GMO corn planting in Mexico until additional safeguards are in place.

The report was released only after its existence became known when it was leaked to Greenpeace three weeks ago.

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