The group led by Pech stopped the planting of genetically modified soybeans by the Monsanto company in the south of the country.
The Mexican Leydy Araceli Pech Martín won this Monday the Goldman Environmental Prize, known as the ‘Nobel’ for the environment.
Each year, the Goldman Environmental Foundation recognizes six people for their work in the environmental sector. In this 2020 edition, Pech was one of the winners.
Her recognition, which corresponds to the North American region, was because she formed a group that stopped the Monsanto planting of genetically modified soybeans.
“Leydy Pech, a Mayan beekeeper, led a group that successfully stopped the planting of genetically modified soybeans by Monsanto in the south of the country. The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation ruled that the Government violated the constitutional rights of the Mayans and suspended the planting of genetically modified soybeans. Due to the persistence of Pech and her coalition, in September 2017, the National Service for Agrifood Health, Safety, and Quality revoked Monsanto’s permission to cultivate genetically-modified soybeans in seven states, “the Foundation detailed on its website.
Kristal Ambrose, Chibeze Ezekiel, Nemonte Nenquimo, Lucie Pinson, and Paul Sein Twa were the five people who also won the ‘Nobel’ for the environment.