Those who oppose genetically modified food have a new reason to be concerned. Mexico,
the birthplace of corn, has changed its laws and will now allow farmers to grow genetically modified corn.
The farmer or grower
will have to apply for governmental permission to grow the GE corn and will be only able to do son on experimental plots. However, the law does not set a limit on how much corm can be grown or where it can be grown. Prior to this change, Mexico had banned GE varieties completely.
There is opposition
to this change and opponents call it the first step toward widespread cultivation of GM corn.
The concern is modified corn could contaminate fields and threaten the crop's genetic diversity. There are more than 200 varieties of corn in Mexico.
The Mexican government has not said whether it plans a general legalization of GM corn.