HL Deb 06 March 2000 vol 610 c122WA
Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have resolved the issue of acceptable distances between genetically modified and organic crops. [HL1244]

Baroness Hayman

Separation distances between GM and other crops have been set out by the industry group SCIMAC in the light of scientific knowledge and longstanding experience in maintaining the purity of certified seed. The organic sector have expressed concern that these distances will be insufficient to protect their interests. My department has promoted a dialogue between the organic and GM sectors to try to resolve this issue. A series of discussions has taken place already and further meetings, including an examination of technical issues, will take place shortly.