“Prices may rise to the point that eggs become a luxury item” for many Mexican consumers, warns a new report.

This could be Mexico’s rotten future if it continues to push a bad idea.

Farmers around the world seek to embrace new technologies that can help us grow more food on less land than ever before—but here in Mexico, many of our political leaders are preparing to reject the future of food production, despite the dire consequences that surely will follow.

الشهر الماضي, Victor Suarez, Mexico’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture, told رويترز that Mexico intends to meet a self-imposed deadline of 2024 for a total ban on imports of genetically modified corn. He added that corn imports from the United States next year will drop by half. This follows an earlier assurance from his boss, Agriculture Minister Victor Villalobos, that Mexico would not ban the imports.

“Because North America produces more than a third of the world’s corn and most of it is GM varieties, the impact of Mexico’s planned ban on GM corn would be felt deeply and broadly,” says a recent نقل from World Perspectives, an agricultural market analysis and consulting firm.

That sounds bad, but the specifics of what would happen in the next decade are worse. According to this economic analysis, the ban as proposed today, would slash Mexico’s GDP by nearly $12 مليار. Economic output would shrink by nearly $20 مليار. Mexico also would suffer annual losses of nearly 57,000 jobs and labor income would fall by $3 مليار.

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علاوة على ذلك, the cost of corn would rise by 19 percent and poultry prices would jump by two-thirds. This is on top of the inflation that’s afflicting the whole world. It explains why eggs could become too expensive for low-income Mexicans.

The ban is a dangerous decision not founded in science—and it is not necessary. Mexico would mandate this economic and nutritional misery upon itself.

I recently was invited to share my experience as a farmer with Mexican senators in an “Open Parliament about Pesticides and Fertilizers.” I spoke about a sustainable and resilient food system and the importance of farmers to have reliable access to safe crop protection technologies as fundamental to that transition. My farmer colleagues and I made an excellent case. Our side has the best arguments, but unfortunately our foes may have the most votes.

Our current government leaders seem to think that Mexico can grow enough non-GM corn for human feeding and to support our really strong and growing livestock industry. I believe that Mexican and international seed companies can keep developing excellent hybrid white corn materials (for tortilla) to feed Mexican people adequately. What they fail to understand is that if Mexico must also raise, instead of importing, corn for animal feeding (ماشية, swine, دواجن) we will have to sow corn or grain in forestry areas to expand the agricultural gaps, and that could be an obvious climate problem. It would also decrease the area where today we grow crops like berries, طماطم, أفوكادو, broccoli, شعير, and wheat where we are more competitive.Corn sufficiency could take four or five decades.

A destructive ban on GM corn imports also would launch a brutal trade war with the United States, our most important economic partner.

The World Perspectives report estimates the toll on our neighbors to the north: A reduction of more than $30 billion in GDP over ten years, plus losses in economic output of nearly $74 مليار. Americans would lose more than 32,000 jobs annually and labor income would plummet by more than $18 مليار.

Rather than meekly absorbing these blows, the United States and Canada would most certainly fight back—and it would start by declaring Mexico in violation of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the trade pact that took affect only two years ago.

It’s already started: After Mary Anastasia O’Grady wrote in the Wall Street Journal about the dispute over corn, the head of a major U.S. commodities group called for الولايات المتحدة. trade representative to “intervene and file a dispute.”

This is how trade conflicts begin. Then they escalate, as the opposing sides impose sanctions and retaliate in a spiral of mayhem. We have an agreement to be honored. No one wins if this ban is implemented.

The most baffling feature of this controversy is that Mexico should take pride in its history of agricultural innovation, from when our ancient ancestors first cultivated corn to our modern country’s work with researchers like Norman Borlaug and CIMMYT. Genetically modified crops belong in this amazing innovative technology tradition.

At the very least, على أية حال, we should refuse to make chicken, eggs, لحم بقري, لحم خنزير, milk and even tortillas unaffordable to millions of Mexicans.

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غييرمو مزارع من الجيل الخامس في تلاكسكالا, التي تقع في وسط المكسيك. وهو مهندس زراعي وينتج الذرة, فول الصويا, دوار الشمس, وأعلاف عشب الجاودار والبيقية. يعمل الآن أيضًا في مجال الشعير في برنامج البذور مع Heineken.
يركز Guillermo على الحفاظ على التربة نظرًا لأن Tlaxcala لديها أقل نسبة من المواد العضوية في البلاد. يروج لمبادئ الزراعة المحافظة على الموارد لتناوب المحاصيل وإدارة المخلفات.
على جانب الثروة الحيوانية, هو عنده 100 ماشية أنجوس وبرونفيه على 200 هكتار. تشمل التحديات التي يواجهها Guillermo حاليًا المناخ, الشتاء القاسي, تكلفة الأسمدة وحكومة غير داعمة.
يقوم حاليًا بالترويج للمشاريع من منظور احتجاز الكربون وكذلك الابتكار لأنظمة المزارعين الصغار. يقود Guillermo أنشطة Fundación Produce ومشاريع مع المزارعين في ولايته. إنه مبتكر في مزرعته الخاصة ثم يشارك التقنيات مع مجموعات من المزارعين.

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