Thursday, November 20, 2014

China Rejects Corn, Lawsuits Follow

Recent shipments of corn to China have been rejected due to genetic modification. ADM (Archer-Daniels-Midland) and other companies are suing Syngenta claiming that Switzerland based Basel sold seed corn with unapproved traits for China ports and did not take the proper precautions to keep corn from co-mingling with approved traits. Read the linked article below and use the discussion point to guide conversations.

ADM Sues Syngenta

Discussion Points

  1. Who do you feel is responsible for this? Syngenta, ADM, or someone else? Justify your response.
  2. What are the possible effects this mix up could have down the road for producers?
  3. What should be done in the future to avoid mistakes like this? What checks and balances would you implement?

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