Illegal planting of transgenic soy continues in the Yucatan Peninsula

Illegal planting of transgenic soy continues in the Yucatan Peninsula

A group of officials who in the past six years committed various abuses in the context of the process of consultation with the Mayan indigenous peoples on the use of transgenic seeds in the Yucatan Peninsula has been hired by the current government, in a case of administrative impunity that demonstrates the lack of capacity of the authorities to investigate and punish bad public servants.

This was stated by Carlos Scoffie, a lawyer for the Los Chenes Mayan Communities Collective, who stressed that in addition to this type of questionable appointments, illegal planting of transgenic soy, aerial spraying with pesticides and massive deforestation for rice cultivation persists in the region.

In an interview with La Jornada, the litigant recalled that in 2015 the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation overturned the authorization granted by the Mexican government in 2012 to the Monsanto company for the planting of transgenic soybeans, and ordered a consultation with the indigenous peoples of Campeche and Yucatán before giving a new permit.

Said consultation was organized by the Intersecretarial Commission for Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms (Cibiogem), a government entity in which Marco Antonio Ramírez and Sol Ortiz worked, and pointed out by the communities as responsible for various abuses, such as acts of discrimination against indigenous communities. and disregard for the possible environmental damage that transgenics would cause.

Despite this, Scoffie indicated, in the current administration both officials received a new public position: Ramírez as legal director of the National Service for Agrifood Health, Safety and Quality, and Ortiz as coordinator of the development of the National Strategy for Conservation and Use Sustainable of Pollinators, both dependent on the Ministry of Agriculture.

If this government wants to do things differently, we are concerned that they appoint the same officials who committed abuses in the indigenous consultation process. Both have a greater responsibility, because they put up obstacles that have prevented the consultation from taking place since 2015, the lawyer stressed.

After condemning this act of administrative impunity, Scoffie warned that in various municipalities of Campeche, especially in Hopelchén, serious abuses continue to occur, such as the illegal planting of transgenic soybeans –particularly by Mennonite groups–, in addition to deforestation of floodplain forests for cultivation. of rice.

By Fernando Camacho Servín

Source: La Jornada