Syngenta Corn Lawsuit: MIR162 Corn
The Strom Law Firm, LLC is currently investigating Syngenta MIR 162 corn lawsuit cases on behalf of farmers that grew, harvested, and sold non-MIR162 corn on a commercial basis, or who received revenue from non-MIR162 corn under a crop-share arrangement from November 2013 to date.
The United States produces more corn than anyone else in the world. In fact, nearly 80 million of acres is devoted to corn production. A major percentage of US corn production is exported. China is a major player in US corn export, ranking third in the US corn export market. In fact, it has substantially increased US corn imports every year for the past three years.
Syngenta is focused upon the business of researching, developing, and selling genetically engineered corn. Syngenta genetically modified seeds are approved for use in the United States. Syngenta MIR162 was first developed in 2009. Syngenta’s Agrisure products are genetically engineered to protect corn against insects, to be tolerant to herbicides, and allow for water optimization. Although Syngenta MIR162 is approved for use in the United States, it is not approved in China. In fact, China will not accept any corn shipments containing even trace amounts of MIR 162.
Corn farmers in South Carolina and beyond grow and harvest corn to be sold in a commodity-based system. In other words, the corn grown by an individual farmer will be gathered, commingled, and consolidated with that produced with thousands of different farms and passed through local, regional, and terminal distribution centers. US Corn sitting in a terminal distribution center is then shipped to foreign markets through exporters. To maintain the integrity of the corn, it is essential that exported shipments are free of contamination so that they are not rejected by trade partners outside of the United States.
A number of publicly filed lawsuits allege that in November 2013, Chinese regulatory authorities detected traces of MIR162 in corn shipments received from the United States. Given that MIR162 is not approved in China, massive amounts of corn have been rejected. Farmers in South Carolina and beyond have suffered as a result of the rejection of these shipments. There is no indication as to whether China will ever approve MIR 162.
These lawsuits allege that Syngenta misinformed farmers, exporters, and the general public about the potential approval of MIR162 in China. These lawsuits further allege that Syngenta led farmers to believe that approval in China was imminent and that China’s failure to approve MIR162 would not impact corn farmers in South Carolina and beyond. This rejection has led to a corn lawsuit.
If you or someone you love grew, harvested, and sold non- MIR 162 corn on a commercial basis, or if you received revenue from non-MIR 162 corn under a crop-share arrangement from November 2013 to now, you may be eligible to participate in a class action seeking to recover compensation for lost profits. Syngenta Corn Lawsuit. The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC offer a free consultation and flexible appointment times. Do not wait until it’s too late. Contact us today. 803.252.4800