Monsanto Developing Conventional Hybrid Corn Strains in Jalisco, NOT GMO

Global seed technology giant Monsanto said on Monday it has launched a global center in Mexico for developing conventional hybrid strains of corn, part of the company’s push to boost output of the planet’s most widely produced grain.

The center, based in Tlajomulco de Zuniga on the southern fringe of the western city of Guadalajara, will be used to centralize development of Monsanto’s corn seed research, mainly for the U.S. market, the company said.

“The aim is to create new varieties tolerant to diseases and the stresses that affect maize cultivation all over the world due to growing negative conditions caused by global climate change,” the company said in a statement.

Scientists say modern corn comes from teosinte, a tiny wild grain native to southern Mexico.

U.S.-based Monsanto is among several multinational agricultural firms seeking permission for widespread planting of corn that harnesses genetically modified organisms (GMO) to boost desirable characteristics of the staple crop in Mexico, where the issue is highly controversial.

Proponents of GMO corn say studies show that output will rise and costly inputs such as pesticides and fertilizers will fall, and say that GMO crops have proven safe for human consumption.

Critics contend that large-scale plantings will contaminate native strains of the grain and harm biodiversity. They also point to toxins that protect GMO corn against pests that may be linked to elevated insect mortality, which could undermine pollination.

Last year, in a victory for opponents of GMO corn, a federal judge in Mexico City ordered a temporary halt to the government’s ability to issue any new GMO corn permits.

The judge’s order remains in effect.

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This story was originally released by Reuters to include that the new center would be developing GMO corn seeds, Reuters has since then recanted their story and have asked publishing media members not to distribute the misinformation. The center in Jalisco is banned from GMO practices by law.

7 Responses
    1. I am far from a farming expert, but isn’t all (or almost all) veggies and fruits we eat a hybrid of their original? Tomatoes for instance have been “cross breed” and hybrid 100 times leaving us with so many different varieties… or that is my understanding. Nothing is really as nature intended it in a natural form these days. But I could be wrong :P

    2. NO YOU ARE RIGHT DOES ANYONE OF THESE TREE HUGGERS ACTUALLY THINK THAT CORN WE EAT NOW IS ANYTHING LIKE CORN OF 200 YEARS AGO. SCIENCE HAS BEEN CHANGING OUR FOODS FOR MANY YEARS. BETTER HARVESTS, BETTER TASTING MORE PEST RESISTANT ALL GOOD THINGS.

  1. Of course we are not in the business of endorsing one thing or the other. What we know is that Reuters originally wrote a story that the Jalisco center was going to produce GMO corn and then they recanted the story and sent a release to press members (we are a member) asking if the original story was printed that we withdraw. Of course we did not run the original story because we knew that GMO was banned in Mexico and we read the Monsanto release and GMO was never mentioned. We do our own verification of stories, even if they come from good sources like our Reuters and AP partners. With that said, it is no secret that most food production is injected with something so it looks better, tastes better, smells better, and lasts longer all with the blessing of the US Federal Government. Yes this company is a poster boy for such practices but we would all be hard pressed to find something to eat that hasn’t been modified in some fashion. Sadly with a growing population meeting environmental changes, questionable new ways of food production is being explored to keep up with the demand vs. production.

    1. They are not any better at lying to customers than the US Government and FDA :) Everything they do is within the guidelines of the US and the US has allowed 5 large companies to control 90% of the grocery shelves, all through US corruption known as “Lobbyists”. Mexico says they might be able to play that game north of the border but not here. So we hope that Mexico stands by their ban of GMO. That is the good news in the story.


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