The Mexican Leydy Pech won this Monday the Goldman Environmental Prize, known as the ‘Nobel’ for the environment.
Each year, the Goldman Environmental Foundation recognizes six individuals for their work in the environmental sector. In this 2020 edition, Leydy Pech was one of the winners.
His recognition, which corresponds to the North American region, was due to the fact that he 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 his coalition, in September 2017, the National Service of Agrifood Health, Safety and Quality revoked Monsanto’s permission to grow genetically modified soybeans in seven states « , detailed the Foundation in his web page.
Kristal Ambrose, Chibeze Ezekiel, Nemonte Nenquimo, Lucie Pinson and Paul Sein Twa were the five people who also won the ‘Nobel’ for the environment.
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