GENEVA (B)--Experts from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and member governments reached deadlock Oct. 20 in a meeting outside Geneva to fix an international threshold for genetically modified seed in conventional varieties. "No one contests the need for the discussions," said an official. But asked which issues remain to be resolved, he said "everything."
The question of setting a threshold tolerance level for GM seed accidentally included in a non-GM cargo was therefore postponed.
"Today we are focusing on afuture framework for further talks," said the official. The meeting aims simplyto settle a date for discussions to continue he added.
Seed industry representatives said in May that they could work with a 1% threshold, but would prefer a figure closer to 3%. The European Union has proposed working with a 0.5% figure.