National / International: Global Day of action against Monsanto

June 9, 2014


On May 24, a second Global Day of action against Monsanto–a multinational company that provides chemicals for agriculture, most of them herbicides, pesticides and GMOs–was organized. Of the 351 marches that took place in the world, 13 of them were in Mexico.

In Mexico City, hundreds of activists held a “Corn Carnival,” under the motto “we want beans, we want corn, we want Monsanto out of the country”. In addition to a march-carnival, workshops, exchange of seeds, urban gardens and mini-milpas were organized. The protesters expressed their opposition to the trade, experimental plantings, and pilot projects of transgenic corn in Mexico. On the other hand, they denounced the agrarian reform currently promoted by the federal government, considering that it aims at privatizing lands.

In both Oaxaca and Chiapas, actions were also performed to collect one million signatures and to send them to President Enrique Peña Nieto so as to get information and respect for the decision to reject GMOs.

For more information (In Spanish):

Queremos maíz y a Monsanto fuera del país, gritaron durante marcha en el DF (La Jornada, 25 de mayo de 2014)

Granos transgénicos, lejos de ser el progreso: Rubén Albarrán (La Jornada, 25 de mayo de 2014)

Preparan marcha-carnaval contra la empresa de transgénicos Monsanto (Proceso, 21 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico/Chiapas: International Day of Action against Monsanto and transgenics (June 7, 2013)


National: Federal judge orders suspension of sowing and commercialization of transgenic maize

October 25, 2013



A federal judge has ordered the Ministries of Environment and Agriculture to suspend permits to transnationals such as Monsanto and Pionner to sow, cultivate, and commercialize transgenic maize in Mexico.  With this development is resolved the collective action made in July by 53 scientists, intellectuals, agriculturalists, artists, and activists, as well as 22 environmental, productive, and human rights organizations, to demand a healthy environment and the retention of the biodiversity of maize.  This demand was presented with the argument of protecting the human right to biodiversity, given that Mexico is the very origin of the maize plant.  This suspension has the objective of opening a profound debate in which the parties will present their claims in favor or against genetically modified maize.  According to the Vía Orgánica group, the introduction of transgenic maize to Mexico would represent a serious risk, given that 53% of the caloric intake of the national diet comes from the direct consumption of maize.

For more information (in Spanish):

Ordenan suspender siembra y comercialización de maíz transgénico en México (Proceso, 10 de octubre de 2013)

Juzgado federal frena liberación al ambiente de maíz transgénico (la Jornada, 10 de octubre de 2013)

Mentiras y verdades sobre el maíz transgénico (Greenpeace México)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico/Chiapas: International Day of Action against Monsanto and Transgenics(7 June 2013)

Chiapas: Popular Forum for the Defense of the Land, Territory, and Food Sovereignty (26 November 2012)

Chiapas: Visit by Oliver De Shutter, UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food (21 June 2011)

Chiapas: Press conference for a Chiapas freed from transgenics

July 10, 2012

On 6 July, during a press-conference carried out in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, non-governmental organizations that oppose the cultivation of transgenic crops, among them Maderas del Pueblo del Sureste and the Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas, demanded that the Mexican government cancel the authorization for “the release into the environment of genetically modified soy” in several states of the country.  They note that “the authorization for the transnational MONSANTO to cultivate soy in Chiapas and other state of the country would constitute a socio-environmental disaster of incalculable proportions for Mexicans.”

The groups demanded that the Mexican State “order MONSANTO to make public all its information regarding the contracts signed with regard to the cultivation in Chiapas and other states,” that “there be orders that the firm make public the environmental impacts it has caused against land and marine-coastal ecosystems and their flora and fauna,” in addition to “abstaining from using transgenic crops in Mexican lands.”

The groups report that different persons and organizations presented on 27 June a motion to the second judge of the district in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, against the permit granted by the Mexican government to Monsanto.  In light of the risk that the firm continue with its plans to cultivate transgenic seeds, they finally called for the development of a network in defense of food sovereignty, the rights of the peoples, and the defense of life.

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa completo (6 de julio de 2012)

Comunicado completo de las organizaciones civiles (6 de julio de 2012)

Piden frenar siembra de transgénicos (Cuarto Poder, 7 de julio de 2012)

Monsanto y la reconstrucción de los latifundios como en el periodo pre revolucionario. (Colectivo Pozol, 7 de julio de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Visit by Oliver De Shutter, UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food (21 June 2011)

Oaxaca: Sixth National Assembly of the Environmentally Affected

September 30, 2010

Petroleum installations, Veracruz (@AP)

The Sixth Assembly of the Environmentally Affected took place on 11 and 12 September in the municipality of Magdalena Ocotlán, Oaxaca, with the participation of more than 1100 people representing some 90 civil organizations.

In the declaration released at the close of the meeting on 12 September, those who participated in the assembly warn that, since the previous assembly held a year ago in Chichicuautla, Puebla, “the grave environmental situation lived in the country not only has not improved or stagnated; it has, rather, seriously worsened.” The communiqué mentions “the silent death of dozens of people” that results from the kidney failure that follows from “the uncontrolled discharge of industrial waste” in the Atoyac River in Tlaxcala, the Santiago River in Jalisco, and the Blanco and Coatzacoalcos rivers in Veracruz.  The assembly also denounces “the over-explotation of aquifer reserves” that is seen in the states of Tlaxcala, Puebla, Morelos, Michoacán, Jalisco, Veracruz, and Mexico City due to “the numerous private-road and highway projects, airport expansion, and the unregulated sprawl of unsustainable housing units and thousands of commercial centers.” Furthermore, the communiqué condemns “the setting-aside of experimental lands for transgenic corn” in the northern states of Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas, and Chihuahua, together with the plans made by the transnational corporation Monsanto to cultivate 30,000 hectares of transgenic corn in the region.  The assembly once again pronounces itself in favor of the “total prohibition of transgenic corn in Mexico.”

In addition, the assembly denounces the plan to begin operating “thousands of new petroleum-drilling sites” in the region of Chicontepec, Veracruz, a project that, according to the assembly, has the support of the U.S. corporation Halliburton and of the Canadian Blackfire.  In general terms the assembly’s communique condemns the fact that “the national territory is being pockmarked by hundreds of open-air mining projects in several states of the country,” and it calls for the cessation of mining operations in San José el Progreso, Oaxaca, and for the closing of the San Xavier mine in San Luis Potosí.  Similarly, it denounces the recent attempts to reinitiate the construction of the La Parota dam in the state of Guerrero and the progress made toward constructing the El Zapotillo dam in Jalisco and the Paso de la Reina dam in Oaxaca.  It demands “the definitive cancellation of each one of these projects.”

At the close of the communiqué, the assembly’s participants express their “desire for life and […] for struggle” and their commitment to “explore through self-management the construction of alternatives and collective, sensible forms of using and metabolizing our material conditions of existence.” They also declared their wish to participate in the protest-movement against the Conference of Parties 16 (COP16) regarding the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that will be held in Cancún from 29 November to 10 December.  With these commitments the assembly’s participants hope to resist “the situation of extreme danger in which [Mexico] finds itself,” together with the “deviations of power and general decadence into which the Mexican State has fallen.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Full communiqué of the Sixth National Assembly of the Environmentally Affected (.doc)

Blog of the Assembly of the Environmentally Affected

The true environmental and climatic policy of Mexico (La Jornada, 25 September)