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Ohio farmers are suing the maker of genetically modified corn
Syngenta sold GMO seed corn in the U.S. before it was approved in major export markets
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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U.S. corn exports fell by 85% in 2014. Ohio farmers blame Swiss seed company Syngenta for the drop because it pushed a new genetically modified corn that was banned by China and other major importers.
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Dozens of Ohio farmers are suing a Swiss company that sold genetically modified corn seeds in the U.S. before it was approved for import in China.

Waynesville attorney Donald Mayer is representing more than 30 farmers who complain that Syngenta Seeds ruined the U.S. corn export market last year by selling a variety that couldn’t be sold overseas.

 

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“If the American corn farmer, [or] corn producer, is not able to export to a significant market such as China, that will ultimately affect and impact the price that the farmer can get for his corn,” says Mayer.

China rejected more than 131 million bushels of U.S. corn last year because a small percentage of it was contaminated by the unapproved genetically modified corn. Ohio farmers claim that the company should not have sold the seed in the U.S. until it had been approved by major corn importers.

Syngenta is also being sued by grain exporters, Cargill and Trans Costal Supply Co., as well as nearly 200 farmers from across the Midwest.
 
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