Syngenta Files Suit Against Bunge

Complaint stems from Bunge refusing to accept Agrisure Viptera corn.

Published on: Aug 22, 2011

Earlier this year Bunge and Consolidated Grain & Barge announced they would not accept corn containing the Agrisure Viptera trait. They cited the increased corn purchases made this year by China where the trait is still awaiting approval. Syngenta has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court alleging Bunge is attempting to block the legal merchandising of the Agrisure Viptera trait which was launched in compliance with all U.S. regulatory requirements as well as industry guidelines for commercialization. 

"We are taking this action to remove the illegal impediment Bunge imposed on growers when they announced mid-season that they would not accept grain enhanced by the Agrisure Viptera trait," said David Morgan, President, Syngenta Seeds, Inc. "When a product has been legally approved, growers should be able to use that technology without subsequently being subjected to arbitrary actions."

Syngenta received deregulation from the USDA for the Agrisure Viptera trait in April 2010. Since then, the technology has been approved for cultivation in Canada, Argentina and Brazil, and for import in the key markets of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Korea and Taiwan.  Approval of the trait is pending in China and is expected early 2012. The reason why it was not approved in China is that there is a systematic delay in China approving traits. It has to be approved in the country of origin first before it can go through the regulatory process there.

"Our first priority is growers," said Morgan.  "Growers inherently face a myriad of risks and Bunge’s decision to change grain specifications when farmers had already planted their corn is unacceptable.   We are working with farmers who are impacted by this decision to help them find alternatives for delivering their grain."

Information can be found online at . Growers can also e-mail questions to Syngenta at or Monday through Saturday, between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. Central time, they can call 800-319-1360.

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  1. Miles says:

    I'm with you guys below. Persoanlly I will accept no GMO products and happy Bunge isn't either, while it seems this is only because China has not yet approved. Just hope the GMO thing does not screw up everything. In the meantime, no corn, soy, canola or even cotton for this kid!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Syngenta, Monsanto, Asgrow, etc. don't care about the health of people, animals, or the planet. I hope all of these poison making companies fail. It is about time to get back to God's roots. Who do they think they are messing with plant DNA? Can they really sleep at night knowing the truth about these crops and the poison rain, global warming because of the pollution that huge monocropping contributes to? Producing corn to make fuel is so idiotic. All of this money would be well spent on alternative forms of energy. Do something to repay Mother Earth and God for all the atrocities caused by this industry. Food should be personal, not industrial.

  3. Anonymous says:

    GMO's suck! Glad the world is catching on! NO man should control all the seed and sue those who do not embrace it!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Please stop all GMO crops. They are poisoning our entire planet. The sooner we all put our heads together the sooner we'll all have action. Spread the word and let's all stop and go against Monsanto and its clans.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I don't follow the thinking on this. Why is it "illegal" "unfair" or anything else for a purchaser to decide what they will and will not buy. Isn't that how the free market works? If I don't want to eat something, why should it matter if someone else thinks it is "safe"? I would expect it to be illegal to force a buyer to buy what they do not want to buy, and hope we will soon get to the point where we consider it respectful to label all products which contain controversial components. Why should a buyer in the supermarket not be allowed to know if something contains ingredients from GMO organisms. Sheesh! That's why I am a farmer, so I KNOW what's in my food and what's in the soil where my food grew. Plenty of people want that kind of knowledge about their food. And they prefer the ability to come visit my farm any day, any time, so we need no third party to decide how to grow or whether or not it is acceptable food. And guess what, it wasn't MY melons that poisoned folks last summer.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Corn farmers piled on when it looked like they would make money because of ethanol production from corn: smart business decision. Corn farmers are having trouble selling corn that produces its own insecticides: maybe NOT a smart business decision?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Lawsiuts against refusers of deadly food? Welcome to the NWO. Sounds like a police state to me!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Soon we will all be forced to eat GMO, it is spreading like wildfire to non GMO crops. Soon we will not know food that is natural. This is an atrocity that our future generations will suffer the concequences for. Save natural seeds for a time when we have to destroy all crops and get back to nature because of side effects of this toxic food.

  9. Anonymous says:

    We don't need altered corn. Give us plain old sweet corn and stop trying to poison us all to death. Idiots.

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