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Victory In Mexico: Indigenous Activists Win Major Court Rulings Against Monsanto

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By: Alex Pietrowski / (The Waking Times) Monsanto must now consult with indigenous communities throughout the Yucatán peninsula before they will be granted any future permits for GMO soy farming, as of a court decision in early November 2015. Monsanto planned to farm genetically modified soybean in over 250,000 hectares of the Yucatán region, yet a Mexican court has suspended the Biotech giant's permit. The judgement was based on constitutional law that requires the consideration of indigenous communities affected by development projects.

The key organizations involved in the effort to stop GMO soy farming in Mexico were the Maya beekeepers, made up of about 15,000 Maya families who produce and collect honey and who filed the injunction, with the support of Greenpeace, Indignación and Litiga OLE. The Mayans primary concern is that "growing the plant requires the use of glyphosate, a herbicide classified as probably carcinogenic," putting their communities, environment and economic activities at risk.

Not surprisingly, Monsanto continues to argue that GM soybean has no effect on bees or honey production. Monsanto has already been accused of contributing to the deforestation in the state of Campeche, Mexico, where it has been expanding its agrochemical interests.



 


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