Want to know Big Ags solution if it doesnt get the unquestioned
support they desire? Just throw out the judge. Thats what is
happening now as Monsanto asks for the Appeals Court Judge who ruled
against them in Mexico to be removed.
Following two separate rulings to ban GMO, Monsanto made an official
request for the removal of Judge Jaime Manuel Marroquin Zaleta. The
country is currently resisting Monsantos attempt to grow GM maize in
one of its most important crop zones. If biotech got their way, more
than 7000 years of indigenous maize could be ruined. More than 60
varieties would be put in danger through cross-pollination should
Monsanto find a way to be above justice.
Monsanto is playing with immoral legal tactics to try to overturn not
just the decision of Judge Zaleta, but by attempting to remove him
from his chair. The biotech company claims that Zaleta stated his
opinion on the case before sentencing.
Last December, Judge Marroqun Zaleta threw out the appeals of Mexicos
SEMARNAT (Environment and Natural Resources Ministry), and Monsanto
who were trying to play legal quackery again by overturning a ruling
from September also disallowing GM maize planting.
The attorney for Accin Colectiva, Rene Sanchez Galindo, states what
the rest of the world feels:
. . .the accusation against a Federal Judge by a multinational
company, which has been questioned for lying to the worlds population
with misleading information about the damage their products cause, and
whose employees occupy high positions in governments around the globe;
is tantamount to granting a merit badge to the Judge.
Accin Colectiva is a concerned group of 53 scientists and 22
organizations that fruitfully brought the case against GMO and
Monsanto to ban genetically modified maize.
Part of the reason Monsanto fights against this particular judge is
because this decision cemented a first judgment, sending Monsanto and
its government lackeys a message that they couldnt wrongly influence
the Mexican courts.
The Mexican government previously allowed trial crops of GM maize to
be planted in 2009 before an earth-shattering decision made in
September by the Twelfth Federal District Court for Civil Matters of
Mexico City. Judge Jaime Eduardo Verdugo J. cited the risk of
imminent harm to the environment as the reason behind his decision.
Little has even been said about the harm to human health but it is a
start, and at this point any way to get Monsanto out of a country is a
The Mexican government seems to have a stronger backbone to fight
Monsanto than even our own. We applaud them.
The ban of GM maize will remain until the appeals court makes a new
ruling on Monsantos ridiculous claim.