Mexican Farmers Oppose Expansion of Transgenic Crops

IPS | 2014-07-16

MEXICO CITY, Jul 14 2014 (IPS) - Bean grower Manuel Alvarado is part of the majority of producers in Mexico who consider it unnecessary to introduce genetically modified varieties of beans, as the government is promoting. “There is no study showing superior yields compared with hybrid or regional seeds. People are still unaware of what transgenic products are, nor the effects they have, but some of the things that are known about them are not good,” said Alvarado, the head of Enlaces al Campo, a bulk beans sales company in the city of Fresnillo, in the northern state of Zacatecas.

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Conferencia IWA: Agua, EnergĂ­a y Clima (IWA-WEC) 2014

Iagua | 2014-04-01

La solución de los retos existentes entre agua urbana, energía y el clima es fundamental para el desarrollo futuro de las ciudades. La Conferencia IWA Agua, Energía y Clima 2014: Soluciones para la seguridad hídrica en el futuro (IWA WEC) es una oportunidad para reunir conocimiento a nivel mundial y poder así compartir experiencias e información, permitiendo la colaboración y la construcción de nuevas alianzas. El evento, que será llevado a cabo los días 21 a 23 de Mayo en México DF, combina las diversas sesiones técnicas con talleres, mesas de debate, grupos de discusión, visitas técnicas, sesiones de Jóvenes Profesionales del Agua e interacción con la industria. El evento reunirá a expertos de todo el ciclo del agua, desde la investigación hasta la aplicación práctica en políticas y entes reguladores.

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Green Growth Challenges and the Need for an Energy Reform in Mexico

OECD, Carla Valdivia de Richter | 2013-11-29

As Mexico seeks to boost economic growth, pressures on its natural resources and environmental outcomes may intensify, jeopardizing the sustainability of that growth and the well-being of the population. Costs of environmental degradation were estimated at approximately 5% of GDP in 2011, primarily from the health impact of air pollution, while overexploitation of natural resources – such as water – threatens their sustainability. Subsidies and prices do not reflect environmental externalities or cost of providing natural resources, including scarcity costs. They result in poor environmental outcomes, represent a heavy burden on the government budget and, contrary to their original objective, have not efficiently tackled poverty and inequality. Such subsidies should be gradually removed. In the energy sector, reforms are needed in order to allow the state-owned oil company PEMEX to become more efficient operationally and environmentally, and to better provide fiscal...

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Ingrid makes landfall in Mexico as storms claim 22 lives

Reuters | United States | 2013-09-18

MEXICO CITY, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Ingrid and the remnants of what was once another tropical storm inundated most of Mexico from both coasts, causing deadly flooding that killed 22 people. Ingrid weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm as it made landfall early Monday on Mexico's northern Gulf Coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel on Mexico's Pacific coast, meanwhile, continued to dissipate, but the storms combined killed 22 people in the states of Guerrero, Oaxaca, Puebla and Hidalgo, said Luis Felipe Puente, national coordinator for emergency services. Nearly 6,000 people had sought emergency shelter as a result of the storms, he added. "As of right now, the storms have affected two-thirds of the entire national territory," the country's interior minister, Miguel Osorio Chong, said at a news conference in Mexico City.  

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