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Genetically Modified Organisms: Seeds

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy on the use of terminator seeds is. (212632)

[holding answer 20 June 2008]: In 2000 a decision was reached under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that ‘terminator’-type seeds should not be approved for field trials or commercial release without an appropriate assessment of their possible impact. As a party to the CBD we support that decision. There are no terminator seeds in commercial use anywhere in the world at present, and as far as we are aware there are no plans for any to be introduced in the foreseeable future.