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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s top science agency has halved its recommendation for maximum glyphosate imports this year, urging agricultural companies to take action to meet the government’s goal of completely eliminating the herbicide from here 2024.
Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology, CONACYT, has recommended a maximum import quota of 8.26 million kilograms (kg) for formulated glyphosate and 628,616 kg for more concentrated technical glyphosate, which, according to him, represents half of the quantities recommended last year.
“This action advances the process of phasing out glyphosate that will culminate in 2024 with its total ban,” CONACYT said in a statement, noting that there are alternatives for weed management.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador issued an executive order in 2020 to phase out glyphosate and GMO corn by 2024, arguing that Mexico must achieve food self-sufficiency without using toxic chemicals, a move backed by activists from environment and food safety.
However, Mexico’s main agricultural lobby, the CNA, opposed the plan, arguing that neither glyphosate nor GMO corn are harmful to health and that reducing their use could affect agricultural production.
A CNA spokesperson was not immediately available to comment on CONACYT’s recommendation.
(Reporting by Adriana Barrera; Editing by Daina Beth Solomon and Kenneth Maxwell)