Swiss to tighten greenhouse GM trial rules

Environment agency rejects third open field trial application, plans tougher biosafety controls

The Swiss environment agency today announced rejection of an application to field test a genetically-modified (GM) crop, maintaining the country's reputation as one of the world's most resistant to the practice. There is also an urgent need to tighten biosafety regulations for GM crop trials in greenhouses, said agency director Philippe Roch.

Only three applications for GM crop field trials have ever been made in Switzerland, and the agency has rejected all of them. Mr Roch told ENDS Europe DAILY that there was no ban on field trials but that Switzerland's strict criteria on environmental and health risks made acceptance less likely than in many other European countries.

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