Syngenta’s® MIR 162 GMO Corn Seed

Syngenta’s® MIR 162 corn seeds were first developed in 2009 to provide a product to U.S. farmers that would grow corn plants resistant to insects and herbicides, and allow for greater water optimization. Although Agrisure/MIR 612 has been approved for sale and use by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, China has withdrawn its approval for import and use. In fact, China will no longer accept any corn shipments containing even trace amounts of the Syngenta® MIR 162 strain of seed.

U.S. corn farmers are facing a major economic loss after China’s ongoing rejection of U.S. corn after finding traces of cross-contamination in corn that tested positive for the genetically modified strain MIR 162. This genetically modified corn strain has been attractive to farmers because of its resistance to the typical corn pests. However, China is now purchasing corn from other countries and the millions of tons of U.S. corn rejected by China are now flooding the remainder of the market driving U.S. corn prices down an estimated 11-cents-per-bushel.

In January of 2014, the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) sent a joint statement to Syngenta® urging it to immediately stop selling MIR 162 until it was approved by all U.S. export markets. Syngenta® declined to do so and continues to put U.S. farmers at risk for additional financial losses. The NGFA estimates losses of up to $1 billion for U.S. corn famers during the 2014/15 growing season.

We Can Help if You or Your Farming Business Has Experienced Economic Loss Due to Syngenta® Corn Seed

At O'Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath, our Syngenta® MIR 162 Corn Lawsuit attorneys understand that your farming business may have suffered damages due to lost profits. Our in-depth knowledge and experience make us uniquely well qualified to handle even the most complex Syngenta® lawsuits. For a no-obligation, free consultation with a Syngenta® lawsuit attorney, please contact us today.