Activists who oppose genetically modified corn pledged early today to redouble their efforts and cause various municipalities to declare themselves free of the innovative plants.
The Bloque Verde acknowledged that the government’s Comisión Técnica Nacional de Bioseguridad has approved the planting of genetically modified corn that has been developed by Monsanto, the U.S. chemical firm.
The permission for a small planting of the special corn seeds went to DPL Semillas, a Monsanto subsidiary.
The corn has been modified to resist a weed killer. Activist say that the pollen of the modified corn will pollute the genetic pool of local corn. They have embarked on an effort to have municipalities ban the corn.
Legal cases are likely to follow. Activists also promised some sort of peaceful group action against the Monsanto firm.