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New Mexico's traditional chilies are threatened by GMO seeds

Ecologist

22nd January, 2009

New Mexico’s chilli farmers are under threat. The film 'Red, green of GE?' hears from those concerned about the potentially devastating effects GMO crops would have on the New Mexico chilli.

In 2008 New Mexico state, USA, funded research into developing the feasibility of genetically engineered chilli seeds. New Mexico governor Bill Richardson signed a resolution that will invite GM green chilli seeds into the state, threatening traditional seeds cultivated by Native American and Hispanic families.

The film, 'Red, Green or GE?' hears from the voices of those who oppose such measures that are being proposed because of the threat to chilli production from various diseases and an unstable agricultural market.

This article first appeared in the Ecologist February 2009

 

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