Trait Wars Continue
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Fri Sep 12, 2014 04:09 PM CDT

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- The grain trade is hot. Further fallout from the commercialization of genetically-engineered traits that don't have full import approvals came Friday as Cargill Inc. filed a lawsuit against Syngenta Seeds, Inc., in Louisiana state court.

The grain giant is seeking damages from Syngenta for commercializing its Agrisure Viptera (MIR 162) corn seed before the product obtained import approval from China. Cargill's grain export facilities in Reserve and Westwego, La., loaded the vessels that were destined for and rejected by China.

"Unlike other seed companies, Syngenta has not practiced responsible stewardship by broadly commercializing a new product ...

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