GMO-free news from Italy

This page links to GENET-news from Italy that are relevant for the development of GMO-free zones.

Updates + Overviews

Click on the map to enlarge it or dowload the kmz file to view it in Google Earth. This map is currently updated, a final version with all italian gmo free cities and towns will be available soon.

In Italy: 16 out of 20 Italian regions, 41 provincias and 2446 municipalities have declared themselves GM-free
Download the full list of all GMO free regions, provinces and municipalities in Italy (updated list, 2008)

Abruzzo, Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano Südtirol, Emilia-Romagna, Lazio, Liguria, Marche, Molise, Piemonte, Sardegna, Toscana and Umbria are all members of the European network of GMO-free Regions

ItaliaEuropa - Liberi da Ogm:
A national initiative of 28 organisations representing farmers, large distribution, small and medium sized businesses, consumer, environmental, scientific, cultural and international cooperation interest groups launched a National Consultation on GMOs in 2007. The initiative collected 3 million votes against GMOs in Italy from September 15 to November 15 2007

English leavlet
English description of the National Consultation
Appeal: Responsible Science for Sustainable Food

Organisations and institutions active on GMO

Campagna per un Comune Antitransgenico (Italian)
Centro Internazionale Crocevia (Italian)
Coalizione “ItaliaEuropa – LIBERI DA OGM” (Italian)
Consiglio dei Diritti Genetici (Italian)
Slow Food (Italian)
Genetic Rights Foundation (Italian)
Greenpeace Italy (Italian)
Legambiente (Italian)
VAS Onlus (Italian)


Lucern, April 2009
Luca Colombo, Fondazione Diritti Genetici (Genetic Rights Foundation)
Presentation: The Italian Situation (pdf, 568 KB, English)

Brussels, April 2007
European GMO-free Regions - a considered choice, audio File (mp3, 4 MB, English), Susanna Cenni, Agriculture Minister of Tuscany, Italy

Brussels, April 2007
Regional laws to protect and enhance local varieties, Natale Bazzanti, agricultural development and innovation agency, ARSIA, Toscana, Italy
The situation in Italy 2007, Luca Colombo, Genetic Rights foundation, Italy
The national debate on GMOs and the agro-food model for Italy, Luca Colombo, Genetic Rights foundation, Italy

Berlin, January 2005
GMO-free Regions: the case of Italy, Luca Colombo, Consiglio dei Diritti Genetici; Stefano Masini, Confederazione nationale Coldiretti
Protection of the autochthonous genetic resources in Tuscany, Gracia Mammucini, Regione Toscana, Italy
GMOs and patents in Italy, Fabrizia Pratesi, Equivita, Italy

Official and institutional links

Legal documents

National decree on GM coexistence
National legislation on GMO
Constitutional Court sentence 116/2006. This sentence recognizes the full competence of Italian Regions on coexistence (Italian)

Guideline for Regional coexistence laws (Italian)
This document has been produced by the Technical Interregional WG on GMOs of the Italian Conference of Regions and Autonomous Provinces. It has been unanimously approved by the Conference of the Presidents of Regions and Autonomous Provinces. At the moment it has no juridical effect but it's a strong political agreement.

As Reference to the Tuscany law: Council Directive 98/95/EC of 14 December 1998
The Directive Council of the regional authority Romanatura
Summary of the Law of the Region of Tuscany (April 2000) - Regarding regional regulations concerning genetically modified organisms (GMO)
In Italian:
Regional legislation on GMO
Regional law of Lazio on GMO


Cyberaction Stop the Crop
Territori e regioni liberi da OGM. Petizione alla Commissione Europea. Download in pdf-format   doc-format