Mexico’s science agency halves its recommendation for glyphosate imports this year

MEXICO CITY, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Mexico’s top science agency has halved its recommendation for maximum glyphosate imports this year, urging agricultural companies to take action to meet the government’s goal of completely eliminating glyphosate. herbicide by 2024.

Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology, CONACYT, has recommended a maximum import quota of 8.26 million kilograms (kg) for formulated glyphosate and 628,616 kg for more concentrated technical glyphosate, which, according to him, represents half of the quantities recommended last year.

“This action advances the process of phasing out glyphosate that will culminate in 2024 with its total ban,” CONACYT said in a statement, noting that alternatives exist for weed management.

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President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador issued an executive order in 2020 to phase out glyphosate and GMO corn by 2024, arguing that Mexico must achieve food self-sufficiency without using toxic chemicals, a move backed by activists from environment and food safety.

However, Mexico’s main agricultural lobby, the CNA, opposed the plan, arguing that neither glyphosate nor GMO corn are harmful to health and that reducing their use could affect agricultural production.

When asked to comment on CONACYT’s new recommendation on glyphosate, the ANC said the scientific agency had “biased opinions” that do not protect health or allow the agricultural sector to develop.

“It is a product that, when used correctly and in compliance with current regulations, does not cause harm to health or the environment,” the CNA said in a statement, referring to the herbicide.

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Reporting by Adriana Barrera; Editing by Daina Beth Solomon and Kenneth Maxwell

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