Mexico: The Cradle of Corn

World Today

From pre-Colombian times to the present, the development of Mexico has been linked intimately with the cultivation and consumption of corn.

CGTN’s Franc Contreras explores the history, importance, and future of the crop in the country’s agriculture industry.

Episode 1: Mexico bans GMO imports, helping country’s agriculture industry

Developing nations around the world are struggling to feed their populations. Their governments are seeking ways to reduce dependency on other nations for their nutritional needs.

The government of Mexico recently announced a ban on the importation of genetically modified corn and agricultural productions that use glyphosate.

The Mexican government recently banned GMO yellow corn imports and products using the herbicide Glyfosate. It hopes that policy change will place Mexico on the road to food self-sufficiency. The ban will drastically decrease yellow corn imports mostly from the United States.

In the second of our three-part series, Mexico: The Cradle of Corn, CGTN’s Franc Contreras takes us to the fields where Mexican corn farmers are working to increase production.

Mexico’s government says its recent ban on yellow corn imports and products using glyphosate are aimed at protecting the health of its people. Recent studies indicate that genetically modified corn is linked to increases of heart disease and diabetes in Mexico. CGTN’s Franc Contreras has the final part of the series: Mexico: The Cradle of Corn.