Syngenta sues Monsanto for biotech corn


BASEL, Switzerland – Syngenta announced July 28 that its U.S. subsidiary Syngenta Seeds Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto Company and Monsanto Technology LLC to challenge Monsanto’s monopolization of biotechnology corn seed in the United States.

This lawsuit was filed in a federal district court in Delaware and asserts that Monsanto has engaged in a pattern of illegal and improper activities to maintain its monopoly in key corn traits in the United States.

This includes Monsanto’s attempts to prohibit Syngenta from competing with GA21, an established and proven glyphosate-tolerant corn trait.

These attempts include trying to force seed companies to stop producing GA21 seeds, to destroy GA21 inventories, and to adhere to exclusive dealing contracts.

Syngenta announced its acquisition of GA21 rights May 12.

It plans to offer the technology through its NK brand, the Garst and Golden Harvest brands, and through licenses with other seed companies for the 2005 growing season.


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