Organic Consumers Association and GreenPeace Mexico have teamed up to ban corporations from using 29 chemicals banned or restricted in other countries from Mexico.
Under the "Tierra Sana, Comida Sana" campaign (Health Earth, Healthy, Food), the two groups are working to get 15 transnational Mexican and US food brands, such as Coca-Cola and Bimbo, to stop using agrochemicals, which are banned or restricted in other countries including the U.S., according to OCA. The campaign's mission is to "seek out more sustainable organic food production methoda that are healthier for consumers and the environment."
OCA and GreenPeace Mexico are trying to reach their goal through education.
“Organic consumers in the US, and around the world, must support Greenpeace Mexico’s efforts, not only because the food companies in Mexico continue to use 29 toxic agrochemicals that are banned or restricted in other countries, but also because Mexico is the second-largest exporter of agricultural products to the United States," Ronnie Cummins, OCA Mexico’s international director, said. "Only by working together in international solidarity, can we stand up against the multinational 'agro-toxic' companies."
Not only are the agrochemicals polluting the water of rivers, lakes and ocean in Mexico, they're "threatening the biodiversity and health of people," according to GreenPeace Mexico.
OCA is also pressuring the transnational food companies. After delivering more than 30,000 signatures to transnational companies, six of the 15 companies have responded.
Which company will respond next?
Visit Greenpeace’s Comida Sana to find out which companies and to read additional information about the campaign.