Have you been affected by the Syngenta GMO corn crisis? Have you suffered financial harm due to the collapse of the corn market in recent years? If so, let the attorneys at Harrison Davis help you. Our team of trial lawyers offers free consultations, and will help you determine whether you can take legal action against this massive company that harmed others just so it could make a profit.
Syngenta’s GMO Corn
Syngenta is a Swiss company that sells agricultural products – typically seeds and agriculture-related chemicals – across the globe.
In 2010, the company started to sell a genetically modified corn seed (often called GMO corn) known as MIR 162 or Agrisure Viptera in the United States. This seed was genetically altered so that it had traits that made it more resistant to insects.
The Promise That Was Never Fulfilled
Syngenta marketed and sold its GMO corn seed while telling buyers that the harvested corn crop would be bought by China. This was a significant promise, as China is responsible for over one-third of all exports of corn grown in the United States. It was also significant because China has extremely strict rules regarding what agricultural products may and may not be imported.
Unfortunately, Syngenta’s promise that the Chinese would purchase its products was false. Syngenta knew that its promise was false, as it had never received the documentation or approval from the Chinese government that is necessary to import food products into China.
More Than Just GMO Corn Affected
The damage that this unfulfilled promise inflicted was not restricted to those who bought, sold, used or distributed Syngenta’s GMO corn. The Chinese government declared that any corn that had even come into contact with the GMO corn was ineligible for importation. Due to corn being mixed together during harvest, at grain elevators and at many other places post-harvest, this meant that a large percentage of U.S.-grown corn was suddenly unable to be sold to China, leaving a glut of unsold corn and causing the corn market to collapse.
Widespread Damage Across The Corn Industry And Beyond
This collapse resulted in billions of dollars in damages that affected everyone “from the field to the table” who had any involvement with the corn industry. This includes:
- Custom farm operations
- Landowners, especially those who rent or lease their land to others
- Corn distributors
- Elevator owners
- Local co-ops
The harm caused by the Syngenta GMO corn disaster cannot be overstated, and it is not restricted just to those on this list. Even if you do not see your occupation or role listed here, and even if you only have minor involvement in the corn industry, you should reach out and determine what options are available to you.
Get The Answers You Need And The Legal Representation You Deserve
If you believe that you have been affected by this situation in any way, we encourage you to contact us today. We offer free initial consultations so that you can receive the answers you deserve and find out whether you have a potential legal claim against Syngenta.
Contact An Experienced GMO Corn Lawyer
Call us at 254-633-2813 (Waco office) or 409-753-0000 (Beaumont office), or contact us online, to arrange a free consultation and receive the answers you need about GMO corn and your options.