genetically engineered foods

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.

The debate over the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients has reached the 4th congressional district primary in Kansas. Now, outside money is flowing into the heated race.

Incumbent U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo introduced federal legislation in April that would keep states from requiring that bio-engineered foods be labeled as such.

Farm groups support the bill because the majority of the nation's corn and soybean crops are genetically engineered to resist insects and herbicides; the industry says foods containing them are safe.