On Dec. 31, 2020, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) issued a decree establishing the gradual replacement of glyphosate with safer alternatives for the environment and human health.
This order aroused Bayer's anxiety since it is the largest exporter of glyphosate to Mexico. Company representatives began lobbying the U.S. Embassy to force changes in the herbicide substitution decree.
The CBD showed how former U.S. Trade Representative to Mexico Robert Lighthizer informed Mexico's Economy Secretary Graciela Marquez that glyphosate import limitations violated the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USCAMA).
The "warning" was issued after Mexico denied an import license for 1,000 tons of the herbicide, which the U.S. official considered "a risk for the good performance of bilateral trade".
The Monsanto Papers also showed the company had surveilled other writers or environmental “activists,” including singer Neil Young, whose 2015 album titled “The Monsanto Years” brought the attention and ire of the company. pic.twitter.com/fRoDaN0dS5