|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Mexico

Mexico Must Strengthen Agro Production, Quality to Compete in EU

PARIS – Mexico needs to strengthen the production and quality of its agricultural products to compete in the European Union and, at the same time, diversity its exports with the goal of relying less on the US market.

Increasing exports is one of the greatest challenges for Mexico as it renegotiates the North American Free Trade Agreement and feels the pressure of US President Donald Trump’s scornful comments, Dr. Luis Alberto Lightbourn, the director of Mexico’s Bioteksa biotechnology firm, said Tuesday in Paris.

Lightbourn spoke at the International Biotechnology and Industrial Revolution Summit, which concludes on Wednesday in the French capital.

“At the Lightbourn Institute, we have discovered a group of specific genes that give quality, productivity, safety and, above all, sustainability to crops,” he said.

He added that Mexico is a pioneer in the discovery of heterotrimeric G proteins, which are the basis for cellular signaling.

“We’ve made studies on ‘capsicum annuum’ (hot peppers) and we’ve discovered a series of biogenetic pathways that help us to optimize the crop,” he said.

Lightbourn pointed to the example of biogenetic advances in the cultivation of hot peppers as proof of the potential of Mexico’s agricultural sector and its capacity as the biggest producer and exporter of this product.

In his Paris speech, he explained the characteristics of the proteins and the properties of biogenetic products.

“I’m an enemy of genetically modified organisms. That is to say, I’m a naturally an epigeneticist and all our research projects at the Lightbourn Institute and our production line at Bioteksa are focused on epigenetics, on the genetic modification of organisms and on food safety by measured sustainability,” he said.

“We have two bioethical principles that we must respect: first, do no harm and second, don’t disrupt. Do no harm regarding the soil or environment, plants, water and atmosphere, and don’t disturb the process that the plant itself develops to defend itself against all the aggressive changes of these elements.”

He also said that in every agricultural process each kilogram of product or food must be measured against the quantity of water it requires and that “the production of tons per hectare is already obsolete and now we have to measure in tons per cubic meter of water used.”

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2018 © All rights reserved