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Syngenta GMO Corn

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Farmers, grain handlers and exporters across the country have been affected by the contamination of non-GMO corn by Syngenta’s Viptera and Duracade varieties of genetically modified corn, and by the corresponding drop in corn prices.

Syngenta is the largest crop chemicals company in the world, marketing, distributing and selling genetically modified corn containing the “MIR 162” trait, which has not been approved for human or animal consumption in China and other major export companies. Unfortunately, Syngenta’s GMO corn is almost impossible to contain and has cross-pollinated and contaminated non-GMO corn crops throughout the United States. As a result, China has banned the import of all U.S. corn, a move that has had a sudden and catastrophic impact on the U.S. corn market, adversely affecting not only farmers, but grain handlers and exporters as well. If you have suffered damages allegedly caused by Syngenta’s GMO corn contaminating your non-GMO corn crops, or if you have been adversely affected by the decrease in U.S. corn prices, consult a reputable GMO corn attorney as soon as possible to explore your possible compensation options.

NGFA, NAEGA, and Syngenta GMO Corn

January 22, 2014 – The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) sends a joint letter to Syngenta asking the company to immediately stop selling Viptera and Duracade until it was approved by China and other U.S. export markets, because of the harm Syngenta’s commercialization of the GMO corn has caused to farmers across the country.

February 13, 2014 – Bunge, a global exporter of oilseeds, grains and related byproducts, announces publicly that it would reject all shipments containing Syngenta’s Duracade variety corn until the GMO corn was approved by China.

February 21, 2014 – Grain elevator Archer Daniels Midland Co. refuses to accept shipments of Duracade corn, stating that “commercializing seed products that are not approved in all of the major export markets is not responsible.”

April 2014 – The NGFA issues two economic reports that tabulate the combined harm that Syngenta’s GMO corn caused farmers, grain handlers and exporters, as falling between $1 billion and $2.9 billion.

Why We Think Syngenta Should Be Held Liable for Syngenta GMO Corn Problems

Viptera and Duracade GMO corn lawsuits brought against Syngenta on behalf of farmers, grain handlers, exporters and workers in the U.S. corn industry allege the following:

  • That Syngenta caused damages to farmers, grain handlers and exporters, because the company didn’t wait for its new GMO corn seed to be approved by major U.S. export partners
  • That Syngenta marketed and sold genetically modified corn seed that is not approved in major U.S. export markets
  • That Syngenta prematurely marketed, distributed and sold genetically modified corn without any regard for the impact it would have on the U.S. corn market
  • That Syngenta violated the legal standards of the marketplace by marketing, distributing and selling unapproved corn seed
  • That Syngenta gambled U.S. farmers’ livelihood on the possibility of its GMO corn being approved by the major corn importing countries
  • That Syngenta knew it was impossible to completely isolate Viptera and Duracade from other varieties of corn and that the genetically modified corn would eventually cross-pollinate with other non-GMO corn crops
  • That Syngenta knew or should have known that its GMO corn would contaminate other corn crops in the United States, thereby affecting the U.S. corn supply and causing problems in foreign markets that had not approved Syngenta corn
  • That farmers who did not purchase or harvest Duracade or Viptera corn have sustained damage to their property as a result of Syngenta’s wrongful conduct

What should you do? If you have suffered damages from Syngenta’s GMO corn, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to discuss filing a Viptera or Duracade corn lawsuit.

The United States is the largest producer and exporter of corn in the world, and there are more acres of farmland (roughly 95 million) in the U.S. growing corn than any other crop, with approximately 20% of the corn grown each year being sold for export to foreign countries. Unfortunately, with China and other countries banning the import of GMO corn varieties like Viptera and Duracade from the United States, the country’s largest and most important cash crop has been all but deflated, and affected individuals are seeking compensation for their damages by filing a GMO corn lawsuit against Syngenta. If you believe you have been adversely affected by genetically modified corn from Syngenta, contact an experienced GMO corn lawyer today for legal help.

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