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Preserving Agricultural Prosperity: Upholding Fair Trade for Iowa's Corn Industry
Iowa Ag Connection - 06/07/2023

In a significant development impacting Iowa's corn growers, the proposed ban on biotech corn by Mexico has raised concerns about the future of the state's corn industry. The ban, scheduled for 2025, is based on unsubstantiated fears surrounding genetically modified food.

The U.S. Trade Representative's Office (USTR) recently announced that it is initiating a dispute settlement process under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in response to the ban.

With Iowa being the largest corn-producing state, with 90 percent of its corn genetically modified, the potential consequences are alarming. The ban not only jeopardizes global food security but also disrupts the vital agricultural trade between the United States and Mexico, which accounts for a substantial portion of American corn exports.

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), implemented on July 1, 2020, was intended to foster fair competition and reduce trade barriers, offering opportunities for expanded agricultural markets and economic growth. However, recent developments have put the livelihoods of Iowa's corn industry at risk.

To protect Iowa's agricultural economy, it is essential for Mexico to honor its commitments under the USMCA. Extensive scientific research has consistently proven the safety of genetically modified food for human and animal consumption. Biotech crops have also demonstrated their ability to improve yields, conserve water resources, and withstand adverse weather conditions.

As advocates for the agricultural community, it is incumbent upon us to hold Mexico accountable and seek a resolution that upholds the principles of fair and transparent trade. The USMCA provides a crucial framework for sustaining Iowa's corn growers, promoting economic stability, and safeguarding the integrity of international trade agreements.

Collaboration and dialogue among the United States, Mexico, and Canada are key to protecting the interests of Iowa's farmers and the broader agricultural industry. Through united efforts, we can ensure the continued success and prosperity of Iowa's corn growers while upholding the principles of the USMCA.

Staying informed and engaged in this issue is vital for individuals who support fair trade practices and wish to protect Iowa's corn industry. Together, we can secure a promising future for our agricultural community and uphold the principles of the USMCA, benefiting farmers, consumers, and economies on both sides of the border.

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