By KELIN DILLON
New reports show the toxic agrochemical glyphosate has been used regularly throughout Mexico’s Sembrando Vida (“Sowing Life”) program, which was created to help dually combat environmental degradation and combat poverty in the country, by the Secretariat of Defense (Sedena).
According to the findings, 10 of the program’s nurseries throughout eight Mexican states were affected by the Sedena’s use of 390 liters of the chemical during 2019 and 2020, without any of the beneficiaries being notified. Glyphosate was later banned in Mexico by decree of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) in December 2020, after which the Sedena halted its use of the product.
Back in August 2020, AMLO assured the public “in Sembrando Vida, glyphosate is not used,” though present reports contradict that statement.
Experts consulted on the topic say there is little chance the chemical’s contamination could spread when the trees moved to a different location, though it could still impact the health of the nurseries and potentially spread into bodies of water.
At the same time, it was discovered that Mexico’s state-owned Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) had bought 36 liters of glyphosate in May of 2021, more than five months after the nationwide ban.