Syngenta Sued for $1 Billion Damages over China's Rejection of GM Corn as China Halts Its GM Rice and Corn Programmes
85 % US export market to China destroyed
as domestic prices for corn dropped 11 cents per bushel Dr Mae-Wan Ho
US corn prices plummeted as China rejected
all shipments containing traces of Syngenta’s MIR162. Farmers from 5 major corn
growing states have filed 3 class action lawsuits against Syngenta, claiming damages
of more than $ 1 billion [1, 2].
released MIR162, trade name Agrisure Vipera, in 2009. It is engineered to make
a Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) protein vip3Aa20 toxic to lepidopteran insect
pests (butterflies and moths) , and also has a gene pmi (phosphomannose
isomerase) from E. coli to allow positive selection for the transgene. It
was created with Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated plant
transformation, a particularly hazardous vector system that risks further horizontal
gene transfer (see  Ban GMOs Now, ISIS Special
Report). While MIR162 is approved for use in the US, China has not allowed its
import into the country.
is blamed for destroying the export of US corn to China, which led to depressed
prices for domestic corn, according to Volnek Farms, the lead plaintiff in the
lawsuit filed in Omaha, Nebraska federal court. The two other suits were filed
in Iowa and Illinois federal courts.
of the farmers involved in the lawsuits planted MIR162 seed in their fields in
Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. But their harvested crop was
contaminated with traces of the transgenic trait, and hence unsalable to the
Viptera has been planted on only about 3 % of US farm acreage, it is difficult
to say for sure “that any shipments of US corn will not be contaminated with
trace amounts of MIR162”, the Nebraska plaintiff stated.
National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) had encouraged Syngenta to stop
selling Viptera, according to the Iowa claim. The NGFA estimated that actions
taken in China against US corn have caused prices to drop by 11 cents per
bushel. The Iowa suit also claims that the release of Syngenta’s Viptera caused
the US to China export market to drop by 85 %. Nebraska plaintiffs, too, accuse
Syngenta of having crippled the 2013-14 corn export market to China. The NGFA
reported in April 2014 that China had barred nearly 1.45 million tons of corn
shipments since 2013.
2011, Syngenta requested in federal court that a grain elevator firm, Bunge
North America, to remove its signs that said it would not accept Vipera corn.
The request was denied.
over the safety of GM food may have played a role in a recent decision by
China’s officials to move away from GM production. In August, China’s Ministry
of Agriculture announced it would not continue with GM rice and corn .
“Billion-dollar lawsuits claim GMO corn
‘destroyed’ US export to China”, RT Qestion More, 6 October 2014,
Rory Short Comment left 13th October 2014 17:05:45 I hope these farmers are joining in campaigns to ban GMOs altogether. Suing Syngenta over this particular issue is just attacking the symptom not the disease.
David Collier Comment left 15th October 2014 07:07:28 Symptomatic of greed; a need to control,(i.e. psychopathology) and Spiritual ignorance, never mind biological ignorance.
sussn Comment left 16th October 2014 05:05:04 For years the US government has told the public that NO gmo wheat has been planted. Yet it is being revealed one after another state is contaminated with GMO wheat. Celiac and digestive disorders to the populace have been defined by the medical profession as gluten intolerance not allergy to novel proteins. If one googles map images for autism (where apparent gene function has been disrupted), one might also find the highest rate of incidence is where crops are grown and consumed. The highest numbers of autism in the US reveal that the midwest where most corn and soy crops are grown could be relative to stopping the progression of autism cases.
Phil Kortis Comment left 20th October 2014 21:09:01 sussn's comment (Oct 16th) should be transmitted across the entire Earth,if not across the entire Universe, so that other living Worlds that have yet to intersect these technologies can benefit from the mistakes made here. (P.S. The Elements are continually grateful to Mae-Wan & Associates!)
Todd Millions Comment left 21st October 2014 21:09:01 Has the Chinese goverment yet tested Alfafa product imports?Those were pollen drift contaminated while a court ban on testing was in place-the trials by americian corparations were merely moved to a 3rd world Sh--hole- Manitoba. As testing continued apace.With ag canaduh approval!
What about sugar?Beets are contaminated and roundup residue levels are toxic despite moving the alowables up(along with the radiation levels).Very convienent to utah and alberta morons(did I spell that right?).Europe could help by not assisting turning the Ukraine into a backdoor GMO source.I do know what I'm asking ,seems the bribes have already being prepaid.But me and the pigs already know how toxic the BT corn actually is.The political and health elites shouldn't be as far behind as facts would indicate.
sussn Comment left 22nd October 2014 08:08:01 Todd, The US Coalition Provisional Authority authored by Jerry Bremmer before the invasion of Iraq mandated Iraq's agricultural sector to US multinational ag/chem companies. The same type of mandate will apply to Ukraine. The science has been at this site for decades, as well many in the science community are working to improve the quality of life by preserving human rights to clean food and water. Many thanks to Mae Wan she is a brilliant mentor to all.