Syngenta, one of the world’s largest agricultural corporations, began selling its Agrisure Viptera® MR162 corn seed to American farmers in 2011. This genetically modified organism (GMO) was sold to farmers before it was approved for export to China—one of the largest markets for U.S. corn exports.
Unfortunately for U.S. farmers, China banned all imports of corn containing any trace of the Viptera MR162 trait. Domestic corn prices dropped significantly, which not only affected farmers growing Viptera corn, but also parties that grow, produce, transport, or trade nearly all types of corn in the United States.
If you’ve suffered a financial loss due to China’s ban on Syngenta’s GMO corn products, our law firm wants to help—regardless of what corn strain you work with. Our legal team is here to investigate your claim and help protect your legal rights to compensation. Don’t wait until it’s too late to file a claim—call or contact us online for a free initial consultation today.
GMO Corn Contamination and GMO Corn Lawsuits
The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) states that it is nearly impossible to prevent genetically modified corn traits from spreading to non-GMO corn. Wind, animals, and insects can transport pollen carrying the GMO trait, and cross-contamination can also occur during transportation or storage.
After the Chinese ban on Viptera, the genetically modified product was detected in many U.S. corn shipments—even those from farmers and businesses that didn’t intentionally use Viptera corn. U.S. corn was essentially shut out of the Chinese market and corn prices dropped across the country.
The Chinese Viptera ban caused exports of corn to China to fall 85%, which caused a variety of issues affecting American corn producers, suppliers, distributors, and traders, including:
- Deferred shipments
- Delayed shipments
- Delays in vessel discharge
- Depressed prices
- Product inspection and testing delays
- Product surplus
- Rejected cargoes
The NFGA estimates these disruptions led to more than a billion dollars in lost corn sales in 2013-2014, and as much as $2.9 billion in losses for the entire U.S. grain industry.
Get Help With Your Syngenta GMO Corn Lawsuit
Viptera GMO cross-contamination and the loss of the Chinese market for corn have impacted nearly every level of the U.S. corn and grain industries. Parties that may be eligible to file suit against Syngenta include:
- Corn farmers
- Owners of land where corn is farmed
- Grain elevator owners and operators
- Transporters of corn (including trucking companies, truck drivers, railroads, and more)
- Exporters of corn
Don’t let your rights go unprotected if you’ve suffered financial harm due to Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera® MR162 corn seed. Our law firm has the resources to hold corporations accountable for their negligence, and we’ll fight to help you get the compensation you’re owed. Call or fill out our free online form for an initial consultation with our attorneys today.
Agrisure Viptera® is a registered trademark of Syngenta Participations AG Corporation, and is used here only for the purpose of identifying the product in question. This law firm is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or associated with Syngenta Participations AG Corporation, The Wall Street Journal, or the National Grain and Feed Association