Key Facts About Viptera China Lawsuits
Syngenta believes the Viptera China lawsuits have no merit.
- We commercialized Agrisure Viptera in full compliance with regulatory and legal requirements. Independent third-party statements support our belief about the lawsuits.
- When we launched it in 2010, the Agrisure Viptera trait had received approval in the key import markets recommended at the time by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and other industry associations. At that time, and historically, China had been mainly an exporter of corn.
- According to the USDA, the commodity price of corn declined 32% (from $6.79 to $4.63 a bushel) between July and October 2013—prior to China’s rejection of U.S. corn in November 2013.
- Most corn produced in the United States is used domestically. According to the USDA, exports account for a relatively small portion of demand for U.S. corn—about 15 percent. U.S. exports to China represent an even smaller amount—less than 1% of U.S. corn is exported to China.
- In the past, other trait technology providers such as Dow and Monsanto have launched U.S.-approved corn traits in the U.S. without waiting for Chinese import approval.
- Launching Agrisure Viptera was important to ensure growers had access to the latest technology approved in the U.S. and key import markets. Agrisure Viptera has demonstrated major benefits for growers, preventing significant losses in yield and grain quality that otherwise could have resulted from damage by a broad spectrum of lepidopteron pests.
- Bumper corn crops in the U.S., China and elsewhere caused commodity corn prices to decline during the summer of 2013. U.S. exports of DDGs have increased since the time Agrisure Viptera was commercialized, but prices have changed due to other factors, including factors such as supply and demand (U.S. Exports of Corn-Based Products Continue to Climb).
Viptera Has Been Approved For Import In China
On December 22, 2014, China approved importation of Agrisure Viptera corn. China now joins a host of countries where Viptera is approved for import.
Syngenta applied for import approval into China in March 2010. Since then, Syngenta has worked closely with China’s Ministry of Agriculture, and has been steadfast that the product should be approved. This website will provide U.S. corn growers and others with facts and clarity on the approval process.
Viptera has been approved in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico and several other countries since 2010. Viptera won import approval in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Indonesia in 2011, and in 2012 Viptera imports were approved by the European Union.
In a world with a growing population, the equation is simple: More control over insects equals a safer, more reliable food supply for a hungry planet.