In Portugal three regions (the Algarve region and the Madeira and Azores islands) have declared themselves GMO-free.
Additionally, 27 municipalities all over Portugal have passed GMO-free declarations: Alcochete, Alenquer, Aljezur, Amares, Arouca, Barreiro, Cadaval, Coimbra, Constância, Lagos, Loulé, Mértola, Moita, Monforte, Mora, Moura, Odemira, Ponte da Barca, Portimão, Póvoa de Lanhoso, Rio Maior, Salvaterra de Magos, Sintra, Soure, Terras de Bouro, Vila do Bispo and Vila Verde.
Portuguese GM-Free Coalition Plataforma Transgénicos Fora
In Portugal a NGO Platform was created in 1999 which has since been fighting for a GMO-free country and against a huge public information deficit. Besides individual members, there are twelve organisations directly involved in the coalition (ARP, ATTAC, Campo Aberto, CNA, Colher para Semear, FAPAS, GAIA, GEOTA, LPN, MPI, QUERCUS, SALVA) mostly from the environment and agriculture sectors.
Lucern, April 2009
Margarida Silva, Portuguese GM-Free Coalition
Presentation: Portugal & GMO (pdf, 1,6 MB, English)
Draft Decree-Law which establishes the Compensation Fund intended to support possible damage, of an economic nature, arising from accidental contamination from the cultivation of genetically modified varieties (June 2006)
Decree-Law regulating genetically modified varieties, intended to ensure coexistence with conventional crops and with organic production