Viptera and Duracade corn are not problematic by themselves, and a large number of farmers decided to use the seed due to the benefits of its resilience from the corn rootworm and corn borer which would result in less damaged crops. The problems came from China, one of the United States big importers of corn, and other foreign corn importers. China, did NOT approve the import of the genetically engineered corn seed prior to Syngenta marketing it to farmers. The end result was China destroying and/or refusing imports of U.S. corn no matter the amount of genetically engineered corn found in the shipments- it was all refused. Subsequently, due to China and other countries refusing U.S. corn shipments, the corn market experienced a massive surplus which caused the price to bottom out and corn farmers were hit financially. The American corn industry prices dropped significantly and The National Grain & Feed Association (NGFA) projects losses to total approximately $3.4 billion.
China first started denying U.S. exported corn shipments in November 2013 after testing found MIR 162. In the U.S., 3% of the corn crop was Viptera and Duracade corn seed, however, contamination of the entire corn supply was unfortunately unavoidable. Farmers were encouraged to plant Viptera corn alongside with other corn (non-GMO strains and GMO strains that are accepted by the global markets), which resulted in cross-pollination in the fields. Additionally, during the corn exporting process, corn is comingled and mixed prior to shipment, and even if the amount of MIR 162 is small, it resulted in the denial of entire corn exports.
MIR 162 is a genetic modification designed to protect corn plants against common pests such as black cutworms and corn earworms. MIR 162 is characterized by the presence of a Vip toxin, which originates from the bacteria Bt. The Vip toxin causes cell death among the cells in the gut linings of particular pests, causing the gut to rupture and the insect to die. MIR 162 was approved for use in the United States in 2010, but has never been approved by China. The presence of the genetic trait MIR 162 in American corn is the cause of China’s refusal of corn exports.
Anyone in the corn industry who has sustained losses as result of lower corn prices may be eligible to file a Syngenta corn claim. This includes independent farmers, large farms, grain elevators, distributors, and exporters all may qualify to file a Syngenta Viptera lawsuit. Farmers who planted Viptera corn and those who did not may have legal grounds to pursue litigation related to Viptera. The financial effect of MIR 162 has been spread across the entire domestic corn market and is expected to continue to hamper American corn exports and domestic prices into the future.
The folks that have been impacted are farmers, distributors or exporters who as a result of the ban on U.S. corn exports saw corn prices drop or were unable to export corn to China may have grounds for a Viptera corn lawsuit. Exporters whose corn shipments have been denied have lost significant revenue. Individual farmers who have been unable to sell their crop to exporters or whose yields have fetched lower prices per bushel may also qualify. The economic effects of MIR 162 in American corn are vast and far-reaching.
Syngenta AG, a Swiss agribusiness, promoted Viptera and Duracade corn seeds to American farmers with the claim that approval by China was going to happen sooner rather than later. The FDA approved MIR 162 in 2010 and was being planted by farmers in 2011, however, China had not approved Viptera or Duracade, and instead has adopted a zero-tolerance policy for the product resulting in U.S. corn imports either being destroyed or refused. Viptera corn lawsuits allege that Syngenta downplayed the importance of the Chinese export market, misleading farmers. Experts had projected China would continue to increase its purchase of American corn; instead, one estimate shows that U.S. corn exports to China have fallen.
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If your farm or your company has sustained economic losses as a result of what Viptera corn did to the corn market, there is the potential for the economic impact to continue for years to come. Unless MIR 162 can be eradicated from the American corn supply – or China opts to accept the genetic modification – American farmers will be unable to sell corn to this major export market. Filing a Viptera corn lawsuit is the most effective means to recover the losses.
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