The regulation of genetically modified organisms in Switzerland is established notably by the Federal Constitution and the Federal law on the application of non-human genetic engineering.
Swiss voters voted for a moratorium on planting genetically engineered (GE) plants from 2005 to 2010. The Swiss parliament then extended this moratorium to 2013. Between 2007 and 2011 the Swiss Government funded 30 projects to investigate the risks and benefits of GE crops. These projects concluded that there were no clear health or environmental dangers associated with planting GE crops. However, they also concluded that there was little economic incentive for farmers to adopt GE crops in Switzerland. The reaction to the report included concerns about it minimizing the risk of GM crops while talking up their potential benefits, as well as questions about the cost of responsibility if there were a problem.
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