Low Level Presence in Seed (LLP)
Low Level Presence (LLP) in seed is an issue that affects the seed industry at large. The seed industry is global in nature and the movement of seed across national borders is increasing. With the growing adoption and use of genetically engineered (GE) varieties , and the current status of global regulatory frameworks and processes, countries are increasingly facing the situation that seed lots can now include LLP of GE varieties approved for cultivation in the country of export but not approved in the country of import. As global seed trade continues to increase, including for purposes of seed production, testing and breeding, seed movement is vulnerable to restrictions related to LLP.
Co-Existence in the Seed Industry
The practice of growing, reproducing and handling seed products with different characteristics or intended markets with the goal of successfully achieving intended product integrity and maintaining the economic value of such products.
Beginning in 2010, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and their members engaged key stakeholders to address the opportunities and the challenges associated with patent expiration. The result of this dialogue was the development of a framework, called the Accord, a private-sector driven mechanism that provides for the transition of regulatory and stewardship responsibilities for biotechnology events, after patent expiration.
Visit www.agaccord.org for more information.