Syngenta’s Agrisure® Viptera™ is a genetically modified corn seed developed, manufactured and sold by the Swiss-based company Syngenta AG. A Minnesota company, Syngenta Seeds, Inc. also distributed the corn seed throughout the United States.

Syngenta designed the seed to help farmer’s fight against insects and pests. Unfortunately, for farmers, Syngenta released the seed into the market place before obtaining approval of importation of corn grown from this seed from several countries, including China.

As every manufacturer knows, corn has the potential to be comingled at the elevator. As a result, corn grown with this seed mixed with corn grown from other seeds. In late 2013 and throughout 2014, China found corn, grown with the MIR 162 trait, in U.S. corn shipments and refused to accept any corn imported from the U.S. As a result, the U.S. corn market lost value causing farmers to lose billions of dollars when they brought their crops to market. Specifically, in April of 2014, the National Grain and Feed Association (“NGFA”) estimated that the trade disruption cost the industry up to $2.9 billion from the loss of the Chinese export market.

Facts about Syngenta’s Agrisure® Viptera™:

  • In 2010, grain elevator operators warned Syngenta that it would not accept its new seed until certain foreign countries approved it for importation.
  • In 2010, Syngenta, without import approval from several key major U.S. export markets, began marketing and selling Viptera™.
  • During the 2011-2012 growing season, the export of U.S. corn generated almost $18 Billion in revenues.
  • Through a variety of predictable causes, corn grown with Viptera became comingled with corn approved for import by major foreign markets, including China.
  • In approximately November of 2013, China detected Syngenta’s MIR 162 trait in shipments of corn from the U.S. As a result, China enforced its zero-tolerance policy on imports containing unapproved traits and began rejecting shipments of U.S. corn and cancelling U.S. contracts.
  • Shortly thereafter, the U.S. corn market lost billions of dollars, negatively effecting U.S. corn farmers (including those that never used Viptera), grain handlers and exporters.

Litigation News:

  • Farmers from around the country have filed thousands of lawsuits against Syngenta in state and federal courts.

Find out how Johnson//Becker PLLC can help you recover the money you lost as a result of Syngenta’s decision to prematurely market and sell Viptera before it got approved for import by major foreign markets, including China. Please either call us at our toll free number (800) 279-6386 or fill out our case review form here on our website, and submit it for a free consultation.