Victor Suarez, who has been named as the new undersecretary for Alimentary Autosuficiency by President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), has said that genetically modified (GMO) corn will be banned from Mexico when the new government takes office.
"There is no possible doubt about the ban on transgenic (GMO) corn," Suarez said, during a Transgenic Corn and The New Government forum. In July, AMLO assigned a team to be in charge of the agricultural matters, with Victor Villalobos as the new Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishing and Food and Miguel Garcia Winder as undersecretary for agriculture.
The abovementioned Victor Suarez will be the Alimentary Autosuficiency undersecretary.
"Transgenic seeds are not going to be planted in this government... what we are going to do is, as there is a need to increase production and since there is a sufficient technological supply to be able to produce what we are importing, we are going to do it with conventional technological tools," said Villalobos in a press conference in July, after being chosen by AMLO.
With this new team for agricultural and food matters "we are going to rescue the countryside and the inhabitants of the countryside, let's feed those who feed us," AMLO has remarked.
With these appointments, the newly elected government is looking forward to reducing the imports dependency in alimentation that Mexico is suffering, mainly in corn, wheat, rice and beans, which are basic for the country's gastronomy.
The new government is aiming to strengthen the national food production.