14.10.2003 |

massive GM contamination found in native Mexican maize

A coalition of local farming groups in Mexico has commissioned tests of native Mexican varieties and found devastating results. The analysis were carried out on 2,000 plants (in 411 groups of samples), from 138 farming and indigenous communities. In 33 communities (24% of total samples) from nine states, the tests found some presence of transgenes in native corn, including Bayers "Starlink" corn, which is banned and has been recalled in the US in 2000. The results show percentages of contamination that run from 1.5% to 33.3%, in a second round of analysis. Mexico is the only centre of origin of maize world wide.</p><p><a href="http://www.etcgroup.org/documents/NR_Maize_10_03ENG3.pdf">press release and summary of results</a></p><p><a href="http://www.etcgroup.org/documents/maizerage.pdf">ETC group: Maize Rage in MexicoGM maize contamination in Mexico - 2 years later</a>

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