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Greenpeace blocks biotech corn-laden ship headed for Mexico

(Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- From a news release:

Greenpeace late last week blocked a ship carrying 40,000 tons of genetically engineered corn destined for the port of Veracruz, the largest port in Mexico when two activists from Mexico and Argentina attached themselves to the anchor chain. This action reinforces the Mexican government’s rights to reject U.S. genetically engineered (GE) corn, put into force yesterday through the international treaty -- the Biosafey Protocal.

The campaign to stop the importation of GE corn into Mexico coincides with the WTO Ministerial Meeting in Cancun where one of the hotly debated issues is whether countries can use trade measures to protect the environment. The Biosafety Protocal allows countries like Mexico (a signatory) to prevent the importation of genetically modified organisms.

Last month Greenpeace intercepted and blocked a trainload of U.S. corn as it tried to enter Mexico, demanding that the Mexican government undertake an assessment of the scope and magnitude of the GE contamination in Mexico and declare an immediate halt to the importation of GE corn.

Greenpeace is calling on the Mexican government to abide by the Biosafety Protocal and reject this shipment of GE contaminated corn and to put in place a moratorium on GE corn imports to stop the genetic pollution. Mexico is the center of origin for corn in the world and has already seen widespread GE contamination in Southern Mexico.

For more up to date information on this action and other campaign activities during the WTO meeting, check http:/www.greenpeaceusa.org .

Also, check out the following Mark Fiore cartoon :