Mexico confronts obesity, GMOs

MexicoMapMexico has taken steps the U.S. Government hasn’t dared to do.

Waddling barely ahead this year of longtime record-holder the U.S. in  percentage of obese citizens, our neighbor to the south has taken the bull by the horns and is placing significant, cigarette-like taxes on junk food and sugary drinks.

The new tax law, part of President Enrique Nieto’s anti-obesity crusade  has been approved by the Mexican Congress and will be signed into law by  the president. Other programs in the president’s crusade include calling  for a reversal of the alarming change in food culture in recent years, a  daily hour of exercise by every able citizen, and a nutritional stamp of  approval for healthy foods on sale at supermarkets.

“We can’t keep our arms crossed in front of a real problem,” the  president was quoted in the UK Guardian. “Diabetes (afflicting almost  ten percent of Mexican children) and heart disease are already huge and  increasing, but the problem now is insignificant compared to what it  will be ten years from now (if the present trend continues).”


Mexicans drink the most Coca-cola in the world, consuming 43 gallons a year per capita. (Mexican Coca-cola is sweetened with cane sugar, not  the deadly high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) that is used in the U.S.)

In other moves against obesity and health problems, Mexico has suspended  the planting or selling of genetically modified corn within its borders,  thereby thwarting Monsanto, Dupont and Dow in their plan to launch the  most massive takeover of a global food crop in history. The GMO giants  had been working on a scheme to convert 6 million acres in Central  Mexico to GM corn, displacing hundreds of varieties of historic native corn.

Corn is a staple food in Mexico, and its many diverse types are  intricately linked to the country’s cuisine, history and culture.

Mexican authorities and food safety groups are justifiably concerned  about the health and environmental risks of the unproven and unnatural  organisms inserted into GMO seeds and foods.

 

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