Bleak Prospects for Research in GMP in Switzerland

Peter Hettich, Simone Walther
2012 European Journal of Risk Regulation  
Many European countries, including Switzerland, share deep suspicions about the broad commercial application of Genetically Modified Plants (GMP) in agriculture. Research in GMP, however, is mostly welcome. In Switzerland, nevertheless, an overprotective legal framework against risks of GMP results in regulatory spillovers for research. This article explores how such expanded legal protection in combination with the application of a strong precautionary principle hampers freedom of research in
more » ... dom of research in the field of green gene technology. The authors do not seek, on this occasion, to question the general risk assessment of Swiss legislators and their desire for a high level of protection. However, field trials with GMP will cease to take place if the procedural burdens for researchers are not reduced. In particular, it will be vital to establish research zones ("protected sites") if research in GMP is to continue to take place in Switzerland.
doi:10.1017/s1867299x00002269 fatcat:rxi6vjpvdvaipjtytayo5d6qqy