Fight For the Sovereign Right to Reject GMOs

In 2006, the United States used the World Trade Organization to break the European Union’s regulatory system for preventing dangerous genetically engineered crops from being grown there.

The U.S. is at it again, this time using the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), to force Mexico to import Monsanto-Bayer’s pesticide-soaked GMO corn.

TAKE ACTION: Tell the U.S. to Withdraw Its Complaint and Leave It Up to Mexico to Ban GMO Corn!

The European Union once had a regulatory process for new genetically engineered crops that was so rigorous in its protection of human and environmental health that very few GMOs were approved.

That all changed in 2006 when the United States launched a successful attack under the World Trade Organization’s “dispute resolution” process, handing authority to dismantle the E.U.’s regulatory system to a WTO panel of three trade lawyers.

F. William Engdahl, author of the book Seeds of Deception, called it “the most damaging decision in the history of world trade agreements.”

What doesn’t bode well is that the very same trade lawyer who chaired the panel that forced GMOs on the E.U., Christian Häberli, is the chair for the USMCA dispute over Mexico’s ban on GMO corn!

Read more: The Three Trade Lawyers Who Will Decide Whether Mexicans Can Be Forced to Eat the U.S.’s Genetically Engineered Corn Soaked in Monsanto-Bayer’s Toxins

TAKE ACTION: Tell the U.S. to Withdraw Its Complaint and Leave It Up to Mexico to Ban GMO Corn!

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I was shocked to hear that Christian Häberli, the very same trade lawyer who chaired the World Trade Organization panel that forced GMOs on the E.U., would also be the chair of the USMCA panel to decide whether Mexico has to import the U.S.’s pesticide-soaked GMO corn.

It’s bad enough that the U.S. would cede our national sovereignty to such an undemocratic trade agreement and abrogate the U.S. legal system to a kangaroo court of “dispute resolution”!

But, it’s just despicable that the U.S. is using the USMCA to try to force GMO corn on Mexico.

The appointed three-person panel that now has the fate of national food sovereignty in its hands is already proving to wield its power capriciously. They have refused testimony from the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, the Council of Canadians, the National Farmers Union of Canada and Farm Action of the U.S.—but they allowed Canada to join the dispute on the side of the U.S.!

They tried to tell Friends of the Earth that they couldn’t mention the health harms of Monsanto (now Bayer)’s glyphosate-based herbicides and Bt-toxin-producing corn. After public outcry over this, given that these are the very health concerns that prompted Mexico to take action, they reversed themselves, but their actions don’t bode well for the health of Mexico’s people!

The whole idea of trade agreements setting up extra-judicial “dispute resolution” systems with the power to overturn democratically enacted national laws is crazy.

But, it’s infuriating to see someone like Hugo Perezcano get appointed when he was just caught in a serious undisclosed conflict of interest while arbitrating another case.

The people of the United States and the world have rejected the WTO. We’ve rejected NAFTA.

It’s criminal that “leaders” like Presidents Joe Biden and Donald Trump keep trying to pull one over on us by negotiating new agreements with the same old anti-democratic, anti-sovereignty, pro-corporate-globalization structures.

Please withdraw this complaint against Mexico and get the U.S. out of the USMCA!

Thank you.

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