Mexico City Bans GMO Corn - Vows to Protect Native Varieties

Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard has announced that the City government will take steps to protect more than 60 maize breeds known to grow in its territory, also known as the Mexican Altiplano.

The declaration says that a research programme will be established with the aim of improving local maize breeds. There will also be funds to support farmers who sow only native seeds and to promote the use of organic fertiliser and pesticides. The purchase and distribution of transgenic maize in Mexico City is now banned.