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Tom Vilsack Says U.S. Will Not Compromise Position on Mexico GM Corn Ban

Speaking to reporters at the annual American Farm Bureau Meeting in Puerto Rico, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stated that the U.S. will not compromise its position in regard to Mexico’s looming ban on GM corn imports. The U.S. will reportedly continue to stress the provisions within the United States - Mexico - Canada Agreement (USMCA) that create a case against the ban within its wording.

Indeed, several U.S. ag groups and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization agree, having come together to release a statement urging the three governments to comply with the framework of the USMCA (which replaced NAFTA in 2020) and to use its guidelines to agree on best practices for resolving any trade disputes.

The U.S. has a reply-by date of January 15, at which time a statement outlining its stance will be issued through U.S. Trade Ambassador Katherine Tai’s office. Meanwhile, talks continue to be held in Mexico City.


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