MEXICO CITY (HPD) — US officials said Monday they were still far from reaching an agreement with Mexico over the country’s plans to ban the import of genetically modified corn for human consumption.
Mexico has indicated that, over time, it could also veto transgenic corn for animal feed, but said it hopes to reach some kind of joint agreement to study the matter.
The office of the United States Trade Representative in Mexico had proposed some changes, but “they are not enough.”
“Mexico’s proposed approach, which is not based on science, continues to threaten to disrupt multi-billion dollar bilateral agricultural trade and cause serious economic damage to US farmers and Mexican ranchers,” the office explained in a statement. release.
American farmers are concerned about the possible loss of the largest export market for the corn they produce. Mexico has been importing transgenic corn from the United States for years for an amount that is around 3,000 million dollars a year.
Mexico alleges health concerns, but this type of restriction could violate the free trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Mexican authorities hope to avoid a complaint under the corn deal, as well as a dispute over its energy sector.
The United States maintains that Mexico unfairly favors state-owned electricity and oil companies over US competition and clean energy providers. Canada has joined that claim.