Genetically-modified organisms, or GMO, have become one of the most controversial aspects in the field of food science. Scientists and researchers claim that GMO crops carry added protection against pests and disease that would previously have wiped out entire harvests. Health and environmental advocates believe that GMO crops contain hidden dangers to both consumers and other food sources.
One of the most contentious instances in the GMO debate revolves around the Syngenta GMO corn seed. The seed, also known as Agrisure Viptera, was designed to repel insects that feed off corn crops. These pests include corn earworms and black cutworms, which can ruin a harvest and cost farmers millions. However, a ban on Viptera crops by Chinese officials caused corn prices to drop. The market collapse let to farmers filing Syngenta GMO corn seed lawsuits to recover their lost income.