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U.S. Nudges Mexico to Approve GM Crops 

The United States persistently pursued Mexico to allow the entry of genetically modified crops into the country with a view of providing access to U.S. grown potatoes. The United States Trade Representative, Katherine Tai, discussed with the agriculture and economy ministers of Mexico, suggesting the establishment of certain concessions during her meet with the Mexican Agriculture Minister Victor Villalobos.

Economy Minister of Tatiana Clouthier, Ambassador Katherine Tai stressed the significant role of in immediately commencing authorization and entry of various biotechnology products followed by a detailed inquiry of the status of trade expansion access for the United States produced fresh potatoes, according to the office of the United States Trade Representative.

The Mexican government has released a mandate at the end of the year 2020 declaring that the import trade activities of genetically modified corn would be completely banned by January 2024. The latest North American free trade agreement reflects upon the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a biotechnology chapter supporting the cooperated effort on genetically modified corn, cotton, and soybean farmers heavily rely on.

However, hasn’t officially agreed upon any new agricultural trait since May 2018, pointed out the agriculture news website Agri-Pulse.Tai’s next step is the roundtable discussion held with the Mexican workers and labor leaders in Mexico on Thursday morning. She will put forward the Biden-Harris Administration’s worker-centric trade policy.

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