Indigenous Activists Win Major Court Rulings Against Monsanto in Mexico

Posted by on November 17, 2015 in Hazards, Issues & Diseases, Health with 16 Comments


By Alex Pietrowski | 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.

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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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Since 2013, transnational agrochemical companies have been aggressively seeking permission from the federal government to lift the provisional ban on the sales of transgenic maize seeds in the country. Even though the ban was overturned in August 2015, a new court decision also in early November, made by federal judge Benjamin Soto Sánchez, head of the second Unitarian Court in Civil and Administrative Matters of the First Circuit, “upheld a provisional suspension prohibiting federal agencies from processing and granting the privilege of sowing or releasing into the environment of transgenic maize in the country.”

This latter victory against Monsanto is a result of activist organization Colectividad en Defensa del Maíz (CDM), which was also supported by Greenpeace México. René Sánchez, the attorney for CDM, applauded the court’s decision and stated that sowing of transgenic seeds “theatens the biological diversity, agricultural activities and culture of Mexico.”

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About 30% of maize farmed across Mexico and 30% of soy in the Yucatán are currently grown from GMO seeds. Mexico also imports GMO yellow corn from the United States, where it accounts for about 90% of the market. Mexico is part of a larger Latin American movement to stop Monsanto from expanding into the territory.

About the Author

Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for and Offgrid Outpost, a provider of storable food and emergency kits. Alex is an avid student of Yoga and life.


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  1.' Jelly Anovert says:


  2.' Janice Chardaice Grant Martin says:

    ??? Brill

  3.' Linda J England says:

    Yea! for the indigenous peoples! I know we can win over these Monsanto jerks!!

  4.' Steve Fendelet says:

    That question although valid is laughable to me for 1 reason, only because right now this minute with Monsanto at the helm there are 10’s of millions starving for NO reason I might add.
    But honestly my answer to the question is Yes! Especially with the technologies we have. Just 1 example is the vertical greenhouse system. Another is the rooftop garden system. There are so many other ways as well.

  5.' Pat Reynolds says:

    Let’s hope so.

  6.' Jean-Charles Boyer says:

    Hurray!!!!! Don’t let huge multinational corporations Control our food.

  7.' Judith Baird says:


  8.' Rose Cleveland says:


  9.' Melinda Will says:

    People need to set up and listen to this!

    But I am no one and it doesn’t matter

  10.' Mara Boop says:

    Yes sooner or later!

  11.' Sue Watson says:

    So many out of work could do farming theres a need to feed andcto do it the right way not poisen us

  12.' Chuck Leung says:

    yes. yes.yes.

  13.' Eric Bjerregaard says:

    The authors of this nonsense should be ashamed. They are applauding the temporary defeat with a one sided argument that left out the EFSA ruling that contradicts IARC. They also left out this. 8000 years of safety. It is a shame how many well meaning folks are conned by greenpeace.

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