SIAL Paris, International Food Exhibition, 21 – 25 October 2018: Genetically modified (GM) corn, canola, soybeans, and cotton which was non-existing in the 1980’s. 3,700,000 acres in 1996. 100,000,000 acres in 2003. 5,780,000,000 acres in 2017 reported by biotech crops alone worldwide.
In 1998 Mexico banned the planting of genetically engineered corn to protect the nation’s maize or corn which this country considers cultural heritage.
Also, the large variety of native Mexican and wild corn like Teocintle has special characteristics for pest or climate resistance.
1970 corn plage in the USA cost millions of acres of crop. Mexico maize was crucial to surpass this crisis.
In 2017 many Mexican farmers consider GM American corn an option for its economic advantage. This is mostly due to USA GM corn subsidy.
American Yellow Corn: 4.5-5.5 mxn peso
Mexican Land Race Corn: 6.5-7.5 mxn peso
Recently, Mexico has passed two laws relating to the planting and sale of GM seeds: in 2005, the Biosecurity Law is known as the Monsanto Law for that company’s alleged involvement in its creation and in 2007 the Law of Seed Production, Certification, and Sale. Both laws set the stage for the legal planting of GM corn, as well as the criminalization of farmers found to have fields contaminated by GM corn.
It seems that nor laws or any social movent are being able to stop Mexican farmers from trying to have a higher profit on their crops.
After all wouldn’t this be another face of corn genetic evolution?
In Planetagro we believe both sides have their share of truth and it’s ultimately the actual consumers around the world who should be able to decide which corn to purchase and provide their families or clients.
In the past, this was impossible simply because the supply chain is such that the different location timing and people involved made any control process non-appliable.
The fact that many different producers are involved in the same collector’s stock makes it even harder:
seed acquiring, sowing, growing, harvest, post harvest handling, gathering, stock processing, and distribution.
This supply chain involves many steps and individual action which, WITH TODAY’S TECHNOLOGY CAN BE TRACED AND VERIFIED by online contract input signed by Mexican FIEL which is a government authorized electronic signature, each player in the supply chain is automatically registered and responsible for that determine step. Blockchain attachment keeps track of the products weight after each process, giving traceable certainty of the product. (planetagro marc process)
This brings certainty to the final consumer and gives the entire supply chain audibility. This is a real example of how new technology can help preserve a countries heritage while giving the final consumer the option to choose.
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