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Syngenta GMO Corn Seed Lawsuit

Syngenta MIR 162 GMO Corn Seed Lawsuit Cases

The Strom Law Firm, LLC is currently reviewing potential Syngenta MIR 162 GMO corn seed lawsuit cases.  

If you are a South Carolina corn farmers and you  grew, harvested, and sold corn on a commercial basis that was not grown with the Syngenta MIR 162 seed, or you made money on corn that was not grown with the Syngenta MIR 162 seed as part of a crop-share arrangement from November 2013 to date, we may be able to help you recover money.

How GMO Corn Seed Allegedly Hurt South Carolina Corn Farmers

The United States produces more corn than any other country in the world.  In fact, nearly eighty million of acres of land is devoted to corn production in the United States.

Some South Carolina corn is sold here locally and elsewhere in the United States. However, a major percentage of corn produced by South Carolina corn farmers is exported.  A large percentage of US corn is exported to China.  China ranks third in the US corn export market.  In fact, China has substantially increased US corn imports every year for the past three years.

Syngenta, a company focused upon the business of researching, developing, and selling genetically engineered corn, makes genetically modified seeds (“GMO”) that are sold to corn farmers in the United States.  Syngenta GMO corn is approved for use in the United States, meaning that any corn grown with Syngenta corn seed may be sold and eaten here n the United States.

What is Syngenta GMO Corn Seed?

Syngenta MIR162 GMO corn seed was first developed in 2009.  Syngenta’s Agrisure products were genetically engineered to make it easier to grown corn. GMO corn helps protect the corn against insects, makes the corn tolerant to herbicides, and allows corn to grow with less water. While these features may make growing corn easier for US corn farmers, it can cause problems for all corn farmers when the GMO corn is exported.

Syngenta MIR162 is not approved for use in China.  This is a huge problem given that a large amount of US corn is sent to China every year.  China’s rules are so stringent that China will not accept any corn shipments containing even trace amounts of GMO MIR 162. This means that if you sell corn which is mixed with GMO MIR 162 corn, your corn will be rejected even though you did not use GMO corn seed to grow your corn.

Most commercial corn farmers in South Carolina and beyond grow and harvest corn to be sold in what is known as a “commodity-based system”.  This means that corn grown by an individual farmer will be gathered, commingled, and consolidated with corn produced by thousands of different corn farms.

The consolidated corn is then passed through local, regional, and terminal distribution centers.  Corn is processed out of the terminal distribution center and shipped to foreign markets through exporters.  To maintain the integrity of the corn, it is essential that exported shipments do not include any corn grown with GMO corn seed to ensure that the corn is not rejected by trade partners outside of the United States.

It is our understanding that in November 2013,  Chinese regulatory authorities detected traces of MIR162 in US corn shipments.  This led Chinese authorities to reject massive amounts of corn. Corn grown by farmers who did not use GMO MIR 162 seed. Corn farmers in South Carolina and beyond lost money when China rejected these shipments. There is no indication as to whether China will ever approve MIR 162 and whether the problem will end.

A number of lawsuits have been filed alleging that Syngenta misinformed farmers, exporters, and the general public about the potential approval of MIR162 in China.  These corn farmer 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 hurt the wallets of corn farmers in South Carolina and beyond.

If you or someone you love grew, harvested, and sold non- MIR 162 corn on a commercial basis, or if you received money 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 GMO 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