Invitation to Civil Society Organizations to read, subscribe and use the Scientific Report “GM maize in México: An irreversible path away from agricultural biodiversity, farmer livelihoods and the right to food within the center of origin of maize”

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February, 2013.

The “Unión de Científicos Comprometidos con la Sociedad” (UCCS), together with the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER), and the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES), has elaborated a report that further supports the Call to Action from UCCS to avoid the release of transgenic maize in Mexico. This report analyzes the key environmental, health, legal, socioeconomic, agronomic, and food security issues that may arise if Mexican authorities allow the large-scale introduction of genetically modified (GM) maize into the country. We find that scientific justification and evidence of social, environmental or agricultural utility is lacking after over 16 years of planting GM crops in the United States and a few other countries (Gurian-Sherman 2009, 2012; Gurian-Sherman and Gurwick 2009; Benbrook 2012). At the same time, there are extremely serious scientific, social, environmental and cultural reasons to stop the introduction of GM crops into maize's center of origin and diversity (see also Commission for Environmental Cooperation 2004). This Report and accompanying letters were publicly and formally presented in November 2012 to then President Felipe Calderón and President-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto, as well as to the authorities in charge of biosecurity in Mexico.

The Third World Network (TWN) and Genetic Resources Action International (GRAIN), two internationally renowned Non-Governmental Organizations concerned about the environmental and social effects of techno-scientific developments, have already endorsed this report. We invite other NGOs, as well as other organizations, networks, institutions, societies of scientists and professionals from Mexico and the whole world to support, circulate and use in your own campaigns this scientific report.

Please continue to be alert, send your opinion to the Mexican Government, and help us further spread the Call to Action. Thank you for your help!

1. GRAINNGOESPAÑAHenk Hobbelink,
2. TWN Third World NetworkNGOInternationalLim Li Ching,
3. ETC GroupNGOinternationalSilvia Ribeiro
4. Colectivo Revuelta Phone: (52) 722 2 19 34 86
5. RWSSPNGOPakistan Hayatabad, Peshawar, Pakistan
6. Community Initiative For Social Enhancement-CISENGOSouth AfricaGodfrey Mfiti, 27736579543
7. GAPROFFANGOBENIN08 Bp 0932 Tri postal Cotonou Dr. Adetonah Sounkoura Executive Director ( 229) 95068694
8. GAPROFFANGOBENIN08 Bp 0932 Tri postal Cotonou Dr. Adetonah Sounkoura Executive Director ( 229) 95068694
9. Universidad Autónoma de ZacatecasAcademicMéxicoGuillermo Foladori, 492-1263926
10. Red de Acción sobre Plaguicidas y Alternativas en México (RAPAM) A.C.NGOMEXICOFernando Bejarano G Tel Texcoco 01 595 9547744
11. Alianza por una Mejor Calidad de Vida, RAP-ChileNGOChileMaría Elena Rozas F Alonso de Ovalle 1618, Santiago, Chile Fono 56-22-6997375
13. Fundación Semillas de Vida, ACNGOMéxicoAdelita San Vicente Tello (55)56584497 044(55)26537700 skype:adelitasan
14. RAPAL UruguayNGOUruguayRAPAL Uruguay Montevideo 11800
15. RAPAL- EcuadorProfessionalECUADORAngel Llerena Hidalgo 0999747785
16. cuesdrat a.c.ScientificmexicoLeonardo Javier Olvera Garcia 77416992746
17. CIIDIR-IPN, Unidad OaxacaAcademicMexicoDr. Jaime Ruiz Vega 951-5170400
18. Universidad Pedagógica 33-12003089
19. Centro de Investigación Científica de 9991408072
20. Periodismo para elevar la conciencia ecológicaNGOMéxicoMiguel Ángel Torres 4499996233

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