The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) must do public information and documentation regarding the importation of glyphosate in 2021, herbicide cataloged by the World Health Organization as probably carcinogenic to humans.
This was ordered by the plenary session of the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI), after resolving the challenge of an individual who requested the agreement or document by which Semarnat and the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris), coordinated to establish distribution mechanisms for the quota recommended by the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) for the importation of glyphosate by 2021, same that was denied.
According to INAI, Semarnat reserved the information arguing that it would form part of a deliberative process, as well as different judicial processes in process, however, in the plenary session it was confirmed that this was not the case, so it was determined that the information should be made public.
“Glyphosate is a non-selective chemical herbicide, used to combat pests and countless plants considered weeds, which began to be used in the early 1970s by the Monsanto company, under the name of Round Up (…) it is the most widely used herbicide in the world in agriculture, forestry, gardening, even in domestic activities (…) the International Agency for Research on Cancer, dependent on the World Health Organization, classified this herbicide as probably carcinogenic to humans“, confirmed the commissioner Oscar Mauricio Guerra Ford when presenting the case before the Plenary.
He explained that, in Mexico, various civil organizations defending the environment, health and human rights have promoted numerous investigations to document the harmful effects of this pesticide, which has also been systematized in a repository of scientific information on this pesticide created by the National System of Information on Biosafety.
“Semarnat has promoted agroecology for the production of healthy and sustainable food, to strengthen the local production of food that allows the reestablishment of biodiversity and in 2019, denied the importation of a thousand tons of it, under the precautionary principle of risk prevention “, emphasized Commissioner Guerra.
The deadline for Semarnat to make the information public is 30 business days.
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