In 2009, Syngenta released a genetically engineered corn trait, MIR162, into the U.S. market. Its first generation of MIR162 corn was known as Agrisure Viptera. Agrisure varieties have been genetically engineered to protect corn against damage from insects such as the corn borer and corn rootworm.
Viptera was marketed and introduced to the U.S. market without import approval from China secured. Despite this, Syngenta maintained that approval was imminent. In April 2012, Syngenta’s CEO stated, “On the import approval, it has import approval in all of the major markets. There isn’t outstanding approval for China, which we expect to have quite frankly within the matter of a couple of days.” However, import approval was not ultimately granted until December 2014.
Without approval of the new corn trait, China destroyed multiple shipments of genetically modified corn from the U.S. At least one media outlet reported that several large shipments were destroyed by the Chinese government.
Subsequently, in November 2013, China, one of the world’s largest corn importers, began rejecting U.S. corn shipments because they contained a genetically modified variety that has not been approved. The discovery of Syngenta AG’s Agrisure Viptera corn in the shipment dragged on global prices and, by the end of 2013, over 545,000 tons of U.S. corn had been rejected by China.
By April 2014, the rejected corn tonnage had reached 1,450,000. China was not the only country that rejected this GMO corn. 3.3 million metric tons of U.S. corn were rejected globally as of March 2014. The export market disruptions with China cost U.S. farmers billions of dollars. More importantly, more than 30% of our export partners have banned genetically modified crops.
Although the enhanced corn allegedly only accounted for 3% of our nation’s crop, there is no way to keep it isolated from the massive amounts of corn produced across the country. China’s refusal to accept millions of bushels of American corn caused a dramatic drop in the price of corn that affected thousands of corn farmers across America who had not even grown Syngenta’s GMO corn.
Farmers in states such as Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky, Texas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Minnesota have begun filing suit against Syngenta for the negative impact on the market caused by the company’s reckless use of the genetically modified corn before ensuring its approval in foreign markets.
We can assist farmers across the Midwest and Heartland states in recovering financial compensation for damages caused by the decline in the market due to Syngenta’s actions.
Who Can Bring a Claim
The global impact on the corn market, which resulted from China’s ban on U.S. corn, affected thousands of farmers and other workers involved in the corn industry. Those who grew, harvested, or sold non-modified corn in the last year may be able to seek compensation from Syngenta.
Those affected by Syngenta’s action include:
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