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Source: US Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service

The Government of Mexico (GOM) is creating uncertainty about the future acceptance of biotechnology and genetically engineered (GE) crops in Mexico. Due to a lack of regulatory action by the federal agency in charge of biotechnology authorizations, no biotechnology events for food or feed have been approved since May 2018. Cotton is currently the only permitted commercial crop cultivated in the country. Use of GE cotton seed for cultivation has been a success for Mexico, as it has increased domestic production and decreased cotton imports during the last decade. However, for the 2020 cotton planting season, all new applications for GE cotton cultivation have been rejected or are past their legal deadline for response.

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