February 6, 2015 — Syngenta AG has been hit with another 360 lawsuits in 20 states as the American corn industry gears up for a federal litigation accusing the Swiss agribusiness of decimating corn prices by recklessly introducing a genetically modified (GMO) corn seed.
Hundreds more lawsuits and class actions are likely to follow, as a federal judge coordinates over 1,300 similar cases around the nation. The litigation has been centralized in Kansas.
Farmers in North Carolina have also recently joined the litigation in a class action.
Lawsuits accuse Syngenta of “overly aggressive commercialization” of MIR162, an insect-resistant GMO corn seed marketed as Agrisure Viptera. It was approved in the United States in 2010 and planted on a small percentage of corn acres. However, traces of the seed contaminated much of the nation’s supply.
Farmers claim Syngenta assured them the corn would be approved in China, but it was not approved until December 2014.
In the meantime, over 1.45 million metric tons of American corn was banned from China, resulting in a catastrophic $1-3 billion loss for the corn industry.
ABC News cited one lawsuit filed in federal court on behalf of farmers in Iowa:
“Knowing that contamination of Viptera corn with the rest of the U.S. corn supply was inevitable, Syngenta nevertheless gambled U.S. farmers’ livelihood on approval of Viptera by the major corn-importing countries.”
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