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In 2013, China rejected certain American imports because they contained corn grown from Viptera seeds, a new genetically engineered trait. The trait was approved for sale in the United States, but China’s regulators had not yet approved it.
China is a huge market for U.S. corn, so when regulators rejected some imports it shook the markets. Lawyers have filed cases on behalf of farmers in state and federal courts. They want Syngenta to compensate farmers for lost sales, alleging that the company should be held responsible for its non-approved trait contaminating loads of corn that China otherwise would have accepted.
The incident is not the first time that the discovery of GMO crops have ruined export sales. In 2006, a large portion of the American long-grain rice crop was found to be contaminated by an experimental strain from Bayer Crop Science, prompting import bans in Europe and Japan. That incident led to sharply lowered market prices, and the company eventually agreed in 2011 to pay $750 million to farmers as compensation.
Syngenta and Monsanto recently merged- at the end of 2015, as Monsanto moves into position to now take over Bayer, as well.
GMO wheat is another crop that has not been approved by the USDA, but was also sent out under the guise of organic. This continued dishonesty and negligence of Monsanto, as well as the regulatory organizations that allow this to happen is grossly and perhaps intentionally overlooked.
“Due to Monsanto’s wrongful conduct, soft white wheat destined for export markets for use in food products has been rejected for the purposes for which it was intended. Because scheduled shipments already have been postponed and canceled, the presence of genetically engineered wheat has detrimentally impacted the domestic and global wheat markets and damaged plaintiffs and other wheat farmers,” states one complaint.
Plaintiffs now seek compensatory, exemplary and punitive damages for negligence, nuisance and product liability, according to Courthouse News. Farmers are also asking that Monsanto decontaminate farmland, equipment and storage facilities that may be tainted by GMO seed.
Many of those lawyers are preparing to ask for the cases to be certified as a class-action lawsuit, according to court documents. A class-action could include “virtually every corn farmer in America,” the court documents say.
In the meantime, Monsanto is bringing lawsuits against farmers who have found GMO seeds in their organic crops – seeds that the wind allegedly blew onto their property, but since Monsanto has “patented” their seeds (whoever heard of patented food…), they are suing farmers for using their products and not paying for them! I don’t know how much more outrageous our court systems can get for even allowing such a circus as that!
Here is a quote from Tom Wiley, a North Dakota farmer:
“Farmers are being sued for having GMO’s on their property that they did not buy, did not want, will not use and cannot sell”