ADM will not accept crops with new Syngenta trait
The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and North American Export Grain Association last month asked Syngenta to suspend the commercial use of Duracade and MIR 162 in the United States until China and other export markets have granted regulatory approval.
Duracade already has approval from buyers including Mexico, South Korea and Japan.
Syngenta has declined the groups' request, saying the trait will be available in limited quantities and that growers need new technologies. The company has not said how many acres of U.S. farmland it expects to be planted with corn seeds containing Duracade.
During a meeting with NGFA representatives in December, a Syngenta representative estimated Duracade could be grown on as many as 700,000 acres, the association said. However, "recent indications from other sources" indicate plantings may be somewhat less than 300,000 acres, according to the group.
Corn was planted on 95.4 million acres in the United States last year.
Even if corn containing Duracade is planted on a small number of acres, it could accidentally be shipped to China, exporters have said. Varieties are often mixed with each other because they are grown in fields close to each other and then harvested, transported and stored together.
"Accidents happen no matter how rigorous a stewardship program is," NGFA President Randy Gordon said in an interview.