A two-year struggle to broker a truce between the agricultural biotech industry and its opponents has ended in failure.

According a report in the Washington Post, a series of secret talks have been held over the last to years in an effort to reach agreement on a plan to reinforce biotech legislation in the US. Talks are reported to have collapsed in recent weeks over disagreement over whether to seek legislation from Congress that would have given the Food and Drug Administration strong power to judge the safety of GM foods.

The Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology, a foundation-funded group in Washington that sponsored the attempt at compromise, is scheduled to issue a final report that describes the effort but not the core dispute that killed it, reports the Post.

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