Mexico’s staple food for thousands of years, maize, is at the center of a battle pitting agricultural giant Monsanto and local farmers trying to preserve the natural diversity of the plant and food in general. A Mexican judge recently suspended all planting of genetically modified strains of corn and blocked Monsanto field trials of GMO corn in the country. We speak with two experts about GMO foods in Mexico and the U.S., and what’s at stake for the public.
Guests: Adelita San Vicente, Director, Fundación Semillas de Vida, Mexico City, http://www.semillasdevida.org.mx/ ; Ignacio Chapela, Associate Professor of Microbial Ecology, UC Berkeley, Oakland, CA, http://ourenvironment.berkeley.edu/
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