We call on the Canadian Government to back Mexico’s plan to phase out GMO corn and the use of glyphosate by 2024.
5 January 2023
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada The Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food January 5, 2023 We call on the Canadian Government to back Mexico’s plan to phase out GMO corn and the use of glyphosate by 2024. [...] We would like to draw the Canadian government’s attention to the affirmation contained in a Statement endorsed by 335 civil society organizations and concerned individuals from Mexico: “We reiterate our support for the [Mexican government] policy implemented to ban the planting of transgenic corn and glyphosate gradually by 2024, as well as for the NOM-051 that allows the implementation of a front. [...] We agree and support President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the decision to move forward and make the right to food self-sufficiency and food sovereignty a reality.” We welcome Ottawa’s recent focus on improving our public health care system, and on protecting our environment, but we call on Ottawa to accelerate our own country’s efforts in limiting exposure to dangerous chemicals and pesticid. [...] We call on the Ministers of Health and Agriculture and Agri-Food to commit to transparency and independent science in the regulation of all genetically engineered organisms for use in food and farming. [...] officials: “…to express our grave concerns regarding a pattern of ongoing interference and pressure exerted by multinational pesticide companies and other agribusiness interests that seek to undermine the Mexican government’s policy decisions to protect its peoples’ health, environment and the integrity of their food and farming systems.” Canada needs to step up and support Mexico’s ongoing effort.