Pandora’s box of pollen – Updates – Bt corn in Mexico – Brief Article
Confirming the fears of anti-biotech activists (“Tinkering With the Tortilla,” September/October 2001), the Mexican government has found that some native corn is already contaminated, by bioengineered varieties. Mexican scientists have identified 15 locations where native maize had interbred with Bt corn, the transgenic variety widely used in the United States. Even though growing Bt corn is illegal in Mexico, large amounts are imported for tortilla production, and illicit plantings are believed to be widespread.
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