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Kansas Jury Awards $218M To Farmers In Syngenta GMO Lawsuit


A federal jury in Kansas has awarded nearly $218 million to farmers in a lawsuit against seed giant Syngenta.

The case involves two Syngenta seeds containing new genetically-engineered traits. They were sold in 2013, after they were approved by U.S. regulators. But China, a major importer of U.S. corn, had not yet signed off and rejected shipments of corn that contained the new traits.

Farmers blamed Syngenta for releasing seeds that couldn’t be exported globally and maintain they lost up to $5 billion because of China’s decision. The 8-person jury in Kansas agreed, setting the stage for dozens of additional lawsuits involving farmers nationwide. Syngenta plans to appeal.

Amy Mayer is a reporter based in Ames. She covers agriculture and is part of the Harvest Public Media collaboration. Amy worked as an independent producer for many years and also previously had stints as weekend news host and reporter at WFCR in Amherst, Massachusetts and as a reporter and host/producer of a weekly call-in health show at KUAC in Fairbanks, Alaska. Amy’s work has earned awards from SPJ, the Alaska Press Club and the Massachusetts/Rhode Island AP. Her stories have aired on NPR news programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition and on Only A Game, Marketplace and Living on Earth. She produced the 2011 documentary Peace Corps Voices, which aired in over 160 communities across the country and has written for The New York Times, Boston Globe, Real Simple and other print outlets. Amy served on the board of directors of the Association of Independents in Radio from 2008-2015.