Syngenta facing more lawsuits due to GM contamination. Over 360 lawsuits filed.

agriTwenty states in the U.S. are currently involved in the litigation between Syngenta and farmers and farm businesses. Syngenta is based in Switzerland and represents one of the largest crop chemicals in the world with an annual estimated revenue of approximately $15 billion. It has an agricultural seed division based in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Most of the complaints are based on the sale of a seed called Agrisure Viptera, which was genetically altered to contain a that kills -eating bugs such as earworms and cutworms. The was approved by the The U.S. in 2010 and Syngenta sold it to farmers in 2011.

The complaints involving a large number of lawsuits have been consolidated and assigned to Federal Judge Judge John Lungstrom in Kansas City.

China, one of the major importers of U.S. has in recent years made economical waves by refusing genetically modified crops that have not been improved for import citing contamination of products. The complaints allege that more than 131 million bushels have been rejected by China.

The resulting economical loss to U.S. farmers is estimated to be between $1 billion and $3 billion. Farmers who have not planted Syngenta and other affiliated entities are claiming that they have been damages due to the Chinese ban of U.S. and con .

Complaints with similar allegations have been filed in the major growing states including Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraskainvolved represent a diverse field including farmers represented by individual attorneys, class-action lawsuits and agribusiness conglomerates such as Cargill and ADM, which export grain, All claim to have suffered multi-million business losses.


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