National: Switzerland has a moratorium on the commercial cultivation of GM crops and on animals. In November 2005, the majority of the Swiss population (55.7%) and all cantons voted in a referendum, to prohibit the use of genetically modified animals and plants in Swiss agriculture for a period of five years. In March 2010 the Swiss Parliament extended its ban on the cultivation of genetically modified plants for another three years until November 2013. In 2012 the Swiss Parliament voted for a second extension of the moratorium until December 2017 and at the end of 2015 the Federal council announced to extend the moratorium for another five years till 2021, which now the Parlament has to decide on. Since the beginning of GMO, several cantons and regions have already declarared themselves GMO free, other regional initiative are pending. More information about the moratorium in Switzerland (German). Prolongation du moratoir (French)
Seven cantons and two regions have declared themselves GMO free (for the moment no legal status but only political) : Canton Ticino, Canton Jura, Canton Genève, Canton Neuchâtel, Canton Bern, Canton Appenzell (in woodland areas), Canton Fribourg, region Oberes Suhrental (AG) and region Wägital.
84 municipalities have declared themselves GMO-free:
AG: Baldingen, Böbikon, Kirchleerau, Moosleerau, Reitnau, Rekingen, Rothrist, Wiliberg BE: Grafenried, Prêles, Rebévelier, Renan BL: Arlesheim, Binningen, Bottmingen, Ettingen, Münchenstein, Muttenz, Oberwil, Pfeffingen, Reinach, Therwil FR: Barberêche, Botterens, Broc, Courtepin-Courtaman, Granges-Paccot, Kleinbösingen, Morlon, Murist, Pont-en-Ogoz GE: Cologny GL: Betschwanden, Glarus, Haslen, Leuggelbach, Linthal, Luchsingen, Riedern, Rüti JU: Soyhières LU: Egolzwil, Horw, Kriens, Luzern, Meggen, Ufhusen, Wauwil NE: Cernier, Chézard-St-Martin, Engollon, Les Planchettes, Savagnier, Valangin SO: Brügglen, Dulliken, Hauenstein-Ifenthal, Hüniken, Rohr b. Olten, Starrkirch-Wil SZ: Gersau, Ingenbohl-Brunnen, Innerthal, Tuggen, Vorderthal VD: Aclens, Bellerive, Bournens, Chavannes-le-Veyron, Colombier-sur-Morges, Cuarnens, Dizy, Ferreyres, Grens, L'Isle, Marchissy, Mauraz, Prahins, St-George VS: Geschinen ( im Oberwallis), Isérables, Münster-Geschinen, Riederalp ( im Oberwallis) ZG: Neuheim
(Updated in April 2016 Information provided by SAG Schweizer Allianz Gentechfrei)
Bonn, May 2008 GMO-free by democratic vote (Audio File, mp3, 4MB, German), Maya Graf, Swiss Parliament & GM moratorium initiative Switzerland
Federal Law relating to Non-human Gene Technology (Gene Technology Law, GTL)
Ordinance on the Transboundary Movements of Genetically Modified Organisms (Cartagena Ordinance, CartO)