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Mexican government announces transgenic contamination found in corn

(Sept. 20, 2001 CropChoice news) The Mexican government announced earlier this week the transgenic contamination of indigenous corn varieties from the state of Qaxaca.

Though the government had allowed for the importation of genetically modified corn from the United States for grain and industrial uses over the past few years, apparently seed also made it into the country.

The indigenous communities of Mexico have domesticated a diverse range of corn varieties over thousands of years. The grain symbolizes deep cultural, nutritional and economic meaning for them.

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