U.S.-Mexico-Canada Dispute Panel: High Stakes Case Over GM Corn Ban


A dispute panel operating under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is poised to rule on Mexico’s ban on genetically modified (GM) corn. Andrew Brandt, director of trade policy for the U.S. Grains Council, emphasizes the significance of this case.

Brandt underscores the critical need to protect GM technology access to a major U.S. export market. He warns that if the entire biotechnology and plant science industry is unfairly stigmatized, the repercussions will extend beyond the Mexico-U.S. relationship.

Canada also participated in the hearing, aligning with the U.S. position.

The dispute panel’s decision is expected later this fall, after Mexico’s new president assumes office. Brandt remains optimistic that the panel will prioritize scientific evidence and reaffirm the safety of biotechnology use.

The National Corn Growers Association commends the U.S. Trade Representative’s strong case during the hearing. Minnesota farmer Harold Wolle asserts that the Mexican government lacks scientific evidence to support its actions.

The panel’s decision is due by the end of November.

Source: Bronwfield