Swiss voters back five-year ban on GM farming

Referendum result overrides government's rejection of a moratorium on modified crops and animals

Swiss voters approved a five-year ban on genetically modified crops and animals in a referendum on Sunday. On a 42% turnout, 56% backed prohibition, against the wishes of the Swiss government and parliament, which both rejected a moratorium in 2004. A campaign to stop GM agriculture was launched in 2003 by a coalition of farmers, consumers and environmental groups (EED 22/09/03). Centre right parties PRD and PDC deplored the result of the vote, arguing it would have a detrimental effect on research and innovation. See reactions from the anti-GM lobby, PRD and PDC.

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