Syngenta GMO Corn Lawsuits
Houston Lawyers Seeking Compensation for Corn Farmers & Exporters
The U.S. corn industry has suffered billions in losses as a result of GMO corn made by the global agribusiness Syngenta. The genetically modified corn seeds - Agrisure Viptera® and Duracade® - contain a genetic trait called MIR 162, which was not approved for import by China. The rejection has led to extensive losses throughout the corn industry.
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Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs is currently reviewing cases from farmers, exporters, and other individuals or businesses who suffered financial harm as a result of Syngenta Viptera and Duracade corn being rejected by China. If you have questions about your legal rights, we encourage you to contact our Houston GMO corn lawsuit attorneys now for a free case evaluation.
GMO Corn Seed Rejection Timeline
- Syngenta released the GMO corn seed Agrisure Viptera, which contains the genetic trait MIR 162. MIR 162 was approved for sale by the USDA in 2010.
- Although MIR 162 was not approved for import by China, Syngenta made statements that Chinese approval was imminent. Many farmers and exporters based their business decisions on these statements.
- In November 2013, the Chinese government rejected shipments of GMO corn containing MIR 162. This cost the U.S. corn and DDGS industries billions of dollars, according to the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA).
- While MIR 162 was still being rejected by China, Syngenta developed and released a second-generation GMO corn seed (Duracade®) that also contained MIR 162. The second-generation corn seed was also not approved by China.
- In January 2014, the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) released a joint statement urging Syngenta not to sell Agrisure Viptera or Duracade corn until China and other export markets approved the product. Syngenta continued to sell the MIR 162 corn.
Other Problems with Syngenta GMO Corn Seeds
Agrisure Viptera also disrupted the corn market in the following ways:
- Farmers, who were not adequately instructed by Syngenta on how to plant Agrisure Viptera to avoid cross-pollination, had crops contaminated with MIR 162.
- Because of the losses sustained by the U.S. corn industry, even farmers who did not grow GMO corn seeds suffered financial losses. Exporters and businesses involved in the corn and grain market also suffered losses.
Holding Syngenta Liable
If you are a farmer, exporter, or business who lost money as a result of Syngenta's Agrisure Viptera or Duracade GMO corn, you may be able to recover your losses by filing a lawsuit. Syngenta's statements that China would approve the GMO corn strain prompted many farmers and businesses to make investments that ultimately resulted in losses. Additionally, Syngenta's failures to heed NGFA and NAEGA warnings and adequately instruct farmers on ways to avoid cross-pollination have also resulted in victims suffering financial harm.
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