"Mexico Starts Planting GM Corn, Activists Appeal"

"MEXICO CITY -- Capping a decade-long battle, private companies in Mexico have begun the first legal plantings of genetically modified corn, the Agriculture Department said Wednesday.

Environmentalists and farm groups announced they have filed an appeal with the Inter-American Human Rights Commission, arguing the government has been unwilling or unable to halt the illicit spread of GM crops in Mexico, the birthplace of corn.

They say the government shouldn't authorize legal plantings until it investigates contamination from past, illicit biotech planting."

Mark Stevenson reports for the Associated Press February 3, 2010.

Source: AP, 02/04/2010