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Mexican authorities have issued permits in favour of Monsanto for planting 253,000 hectares of genetically modified soy in the Yucatan Peninsula. More than 15,000 beekeepers of Mayan Indian origin are affected by this, their livelihoods and environment being threatened.

On October 28, the Mexican National Supreme Court will decide a legal complaint of the Mayan beekeepers against the permits granted to Monsanto. Support the Mayan beekeepers, among them also some Naturland beekeepers, by signing this petition to the Mexican National Supreme Court to prevent the planting of genetically modified soy in the Yucatan Peninsula.

The planting of transgenic soy will threaten Mexican beekeeping in general. Nowadays 85 percent of Mexican honey is exported to Europe. But honey which bears the risk of being contaminated with transgenic pollen, will most probably not qualify for export to the European Union.

Moreover, growing transgenic soy does not only affect beekeeping, it also violates the right to a healthy environment. For it involves the use of the herbicide glyphosate, classified in 2015 as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization. Alongside with the contamination of soil and water with glyphosate, an accelerated deforestation of the last Mexican jungle to win arable land for the production of soy is to be expected. Mayan beekeepers and their communities are very anxious, whether the Supreme Court will take seriously their concerns, or whether the judges will rather bow to the powerful interests of Monsanto.

Beekeeper´s complaint not hopeless
Already once the opponents of GM crops in Mexico have been successful. In 2012 Naturland together with the Mexican research institute EcoSur and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) held the World Conference on organic beekeeping in Mexico, thus raising public awareness for the problems going along with the use genetically modified plants. Subsequently, federal judges denied the planting of transgenic soybeans in the peninsula. However, Monsanto and the federal government impugned this decision and the case was taken to the National Supreme Court.

There is not much time left. On October 28, the judges of the National Supreme Court will finalize the decision on the legal complaint of the indigenous Mayan communities. Already more than 62,000 people have signed the petition to say "No" to Monsanto and support the rights of the local population. Join in and sign the petitionhere.