Source: Bloomberg

The Mexican authorities rejected a request from Monsanto Co. nursery consortium to expand its pilot project in the planting of genetically modified corn in northern Mexico, because more information and tests are needed to be done, said the head of the regulator in that sector.

Mexico is the birthplace of corn. Scientists and activists fear that genetically modified species may contaminate or displace native varieties Whose genetic content could be valuable in the future for the production of hybrids.

The head of the Interministerial Commission on Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms (Cibiogem), Reynaldo Alvarez Morales, said the companies will have to plan at least one agricultural cycle in small areas of about one hectare (two acres) to examine the possibility of further "pilot" with plots of 50 hectares (124 acres).

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