Swiss citizens backed a five-year moratorium on commercial release of genetically modified plants and animals, despite opposition from their government and industry groups. Fifty-five percent of the voters backed the moratorium. The ballot initiative followed the collection of 100,000 signatures opposing a 2004 law approving commercial release of genetically engineered crops. "All the farmers' organisations were behind this proposal, which they see as a chance for Swiss agriculture," Daniel Ammann, a spokesman for the pro-moratorium coalition, told Reuters. Adrian Bebb, from Friends of the Earth, said the vote showed that "the public doesn't want to eat genetically modified food." Two of the companies opposing the moratorium were Swiss-based Syngenta and Nestle.
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