Syngenta has been sued by corn farmers in America for its MIR 162 corn. The lawsuit is based on the seed company’s failure to get China’s import approval for genetically modified corn. Agrisure Viptera, the scientific name of the corn, was specially developed to be more insect resistant than other types of corn.
The problem started in 2013 when Chinese authorities started rejecting MIR 162 corn. This meant American farmers, who exports mainly to China, were left stranded with their maize. The corn was then redirected to the United States market which led to a great drop in maize prices due to excess corn supply.
Farmers claim that Syngenta was fully aware that the corn was being grown for the Chinese market and should have applied for import approval before starting to market the corn to farmers. This shows that the company values its profits more than it values the livelihood of American corn farmers. China’s rejection of MIR 162 corn has lead to farmers landing into economic problems.
90% of the farmers in the lawsuit are represented by Watts Guerra LLP. The law firm was founded by Mikal watts in 2002 as Watts Law Firm LLP before he partnered with Fransciso Guerra in 2009. Mikal Watts hold a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Law degree from the University of Texas. He previously worked at David L. Perry & Associates as an associate. Mikal Watts’ firm mainly handles cases regarding automotive defects, refinery negligence, product liability, catastrophic personal injury, commercial litigation, commercial tracking negligence, pharmaceutical, and medical device.
Syngenta has also been sued by businesses such as Cargill and Trans Coastal Supply Co. Cargill claims that it the rejected GMO corn has cost the company $90 million in losses. Trans Coastal Supply Co is suing the seed company for losses totaling $41 million.
On its part, Syngenta says that the lawsuits are malicious and don’t have merit. The company says that farmers have the right to access the best technologies. MIR 162 is developed to provide farmers with improved profitability and productivity. Syngenta also says that despite the failure to get import approval from China, the company has managed to get approvals from other countries that import maize from the United States.