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National policies on genetically modified food

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1998: Mexico Bans GM Crops

Mexico bans the planting of genetically modified crops. [Mother Jones, 7/9/2002]

Entity Tags: Mexico

Category Tags: National policies toward GM food, Mexico

The Indian government bans the import of terminator seeds on fears the seeds would threaten traditional crops and put the well-being of Indian farmers at risk. [New Scientist, 10/10/1998] In December, the Indian minister of agriculture will issue a statement summarizing the threat posed by terminator seeds (see December 2, 1998). [India, 12/2/1998]

Entity Tags: India

Category Tags: Terminator seeds, India, National policies toward GM food

Shortly before planting season, North American corn refiners announce that they will not accept any grain not approved for sale in the EU. [Ontario Corn Producers' Association, 4/23/1999; Canadian Business, 10/8/1999]

Category Tags: Corn, National policies toward GM food

In a letter to the Rural Advancement Foundation International, a Canadian-based organization that advocates on behalf of farmers, Panama’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries says his government “will adopt measures to prohibit the specific [terminator] patents as well as the technology in general.” [RAFI Communiqué, 3/2000, pp. 4 pdf file]

Entity Tags: Action Group on Erosion, Technology, and Concentration, Panama

Category Tags: Terminator seeds, National policies toward GM food

Grupo Maseca, Mexico’s top producer of corn flour, says it will phase out its use of genetically modified corn. Mexico purchased $500 million of US corn in 1998. [Food & Drink Weekly, 9/13/1999; Canadian Business, 10/8/1999]

Entity Tags: Grupo Maseca

Category Tags: Mexico, Corn, National legislation/policy, National policies toward GM food

Cletus Avoka, Ghanaian Minister of Environment, Science, and Technology, says his government will not permit the use of terminator technology. [Xinhua News Agency (Beijing), 1/15/2000; AgBiotech Reporter, 2/2000]

Entity Tags: Ghana, Cletus Avoka

Category Tags: Terminator seeds, National policies toward GM food

Australia and New Zealand, in a joint statement, announce that they will require all genetically modified products to be labeled. [Australian Broadcast Corporation, 7/28/2000; Australia, 7/28/2000]

Entity Tags: Australia, New Zealand

Category Tags: National legislation/policy, National policies toward GM food

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