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Clock ticking to Swiss anti-GM crop vote

Switzerland's government must hold a nationwide referendum on whether to ban for five years commercial farm use of geneticaly modified (GM) crops and animals, after campaigners submitted more than the required 100,000 signatures on 18 September. Polls have suggested that the moratorium would be easily passed were citizens asked to endorse it now. However, SAG, the group coordinating the petition, said it could take up to four years for the vote to be organised. See SAG.

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