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Region/Continent and country:
Central America / Mexico
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What was contaminated:
Seed
GM organism involved:
Maize
Year incident occurred:
2007

Route of contamination
Smuggled into Mexico from the US

Mexico - GM maize planted illegally

December 2007. Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Although the Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación (SAGARPA) had refused to believe that in Chihuahua GE maize had been sown, on December 19th a judicial notification was sent to the farmer Amado Trevizo Nevares, in Benito Juarez, located in the municipality of Namiquipa, because laboaratory analysis had found that the genetically modified maize had been growing on his land.

Trevizo is a member of the Organización Agrodinámica Nacional (OAN), a group that announced more than three months ago that there were more than 2 thousand hectares of transgenic corn in the state, which was brought by relatives of migrants who work in the United States fields.

It is illegal to grow genetically modified maize in Mexico and there are concerns internationally about GM varieties contaminating native land races there as Mexico is a centre of origin of maize.
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