“The campaign “No to Genetically Modified Soy and No to all GM seeds” has started”
These are days of protests at the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico. The indigenous organization Ka’Kuxtal Much Meyaj AC, has launched a campaign in defense and rescue of native seeds. The campaign was started because the planting of 30,000 hectares of genetically modified soy in early 2012 in the region, particularly in the state of Campeche.
The arguments in favour of planting GM crops that both the government and agribusinesses present are: crop loss by drought in northern Mexico, the problem of “deficit” of grains, and the conversion of the field in a more successful business. Monsanto, a multinational agricultural company denies that GM seeds are harmful, however countries such as Austria, France, Germany, Hungary and Italy have banned them because of the risks they present to their population. Those who have been directly impacted are people who live and work in rural areas, such as beekeepers.
A big amount of honey from the peninsula has been returned from the European Union, largest buyer of Mexican honey, due because of its contamination by GM pollen. It is impossible to prevent bees from approaching GM crops because of the wide range of pollen and nectar collection; as well as, bees’ attraction to soybean’s flower nectar.
Ka’Kuxtal Much Meyaj AC has decided to spread the campaign “No to GMOs to defend native seeds, health, land, and to defend the right to life”. Their campaign states that the damage is for everyone because everyone eats what is sown; this will likely damage not only the food, but also our health, environment, labor, and the economy.