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Mexican civil society groups with their allies in the United States and Canada provided statements to the official U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade dispute process defending Mexico’s right to limit genetically modified (GM) corn and glyphosate. Under USMCA dispute rules, non-governmental entities were able to submit requests outlining longer submissions that they would develop to inform the dispute resolution process. Ten of the 13 requests to submit comments of up to 10 pages were initially accepted, according to a letter from the USMCA Secretariat, but invitations to the two Canadian groups were later rescinded. See an analysis of the panel's decisions in this Food Tank article.

The NGO contributions were posted April 5 in English and Spanish along with the formal submission (also in Spanish) by the Canadian government, which is a third party observer in the dispute. The U.S. written complaint and Mexico's detailed, science-based response are also available, downloaded from the USMCA public webpage for the dispute. IATP has posted an analysis of Mexico's response and will soon publish an article on the range of issues covered by the NGO contributions, which enrich the public debate on how trade rules could limit — or allow for — sustainable solutions that advance public health, human rights and economic opportunities.

Read the requests and official submission in support of Mexico's corn policies below:  

Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the world's largest biotech trade association, also submitted written comments. BIO's comments (in English and Spanish) are in support of the U.S.' actions. (BIO comments are downloaded from the USMCA Secretariat website). 

Canadian NGO' responded to their government's submission with a press release and analysis from CBAN and a declaration circulated by NFU and signed by 31 Canadian organizations.

Learn more: 

In our recent article, read more about the distinct but overlapping themes that emerged in the submissions, and learn more about the next steps in the trade dispute process. 

Read op-eds by members of civil society on the trade dispute here

Learn more about the USMCA GM corn dispute between the U.S. and Mexico here


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