By Leigh Kreimeier
Stuttgart Daily Leader
Stuttgart, Ark. The circuit court jury awarded $16.9 million in total damages Friday — laying blame at 70 percent for Bayer Crop Science and 30 percent for Riceland Foods — resulting in $11.9 million for Riceland Foods. Riceland also received $125 million in punitive damages.
The jury deliberated from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday in the 19-day trial that began Feb. 22 in the Arkansas County Circuit Courtroom in Stuttgart.
The Mexican States of Tlaxcala and Michoacán each passed legislation banning the planting of genetically modified corn to protect natural plants from further contamination of transgenes. Together, both states produce about a third of all of Mexico’s corn. Below this story is a detailed timeline of genetic contamination and legislation in Mexico.
By Aleira Lara
It’s been an exciting couple of months in the debate over Mexican maize with some good news for Mexican agriculture and biodiversity. However, the consequences of recent frosts in northern states and the aggressive propaganda of the industry is still putting at risk Mexican’s basic grain. Here’s the latest:
GM free States arising in Mexico:
Because of the lack of interest of federal government to protect the large diversity of Mexican maize against the contamination of GM crop, Michoacán State congress passed by a majority the “Law of Promotion and Protection of Native Maize as Alimentary Patrimony of Michoacán State”, which will allow the protection of 18 of the 59 races of this crop that exist in Mexico. Michoacán is the fourth largest maize producer on a national scale and represents 30 percent of Mexico’s total maize crop area.
Michoacán’s initiative follows the recent approval of the “Law of Promotion and Protection of Native Maize as an original patrimony, in constant diversification, and alimentary for Tlaxcala State”. Both states decided to go ahead with the protection of such an important crop for Mexican society.