Last update:
2018-03-29

Anti-GMO Struggle, Portugal

A Monsanto plantation in the Algarve region triggered protests against GMOs in Portugal, which finally stopped the project and declared an official GMO-free zone. However, in the rest of the country GMOs are still allowed.


Description:

In 2003, a law authorizing the cultivation of certain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Portugal was passed.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Anti-GMO Struggle, Portugal
Country:Portugal
Accuracy of locationLOW (Country level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Biomass and Land Conflicts (Forests, Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Management)
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Intensive food production (monoculture and livestock)
GMOs
Biopiracy and bio-prospection
Specific commodities:Corn/Maize
Genetically Modified Seeds Gm Maize Mon810
Project Details and Actors
Project details

The main variety cultivated is GM maize MON810 (Monsanto) .

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Type of populationRural
Affected Population:all the Portuguese citizens
Start of the conflict:01/01/1999
Company names or state enterprises:Monsanto Corporation (Monsanto Co) from United States of America
Relevant government actors:Ministério da Agricultura, Câmaras Municipais, Associações de Municipios, Direções Regionais de Agricultura, governos regionais
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Autarquias Sem Glifosato
Associação de Agricultura Biológica (Agrobio)
Associação de Defesa do Ambiente (Gê-Questa)
Associação Ecológica Amigos dos Açores
Associação Nacional de Conservação da Natureza (Quercus)
Defesa do Património Cultural e Ambiental do Algarve (ALMARGEM)
Fundo para a Proteção dos Animais Selvagens (FAPAS)
Grupo de Ação e Intervenção Ambiental (GAIA)
Grupo de Estudos de Ordenamento do Território e Ambiente (Geota)
Movimento Pró-Informação para Cidadania e Ambiente
Movimento Verde Eufémia
Liga de Proteção da Natureza (LPN)
Plataforma Transgénicos Fora (PTF)
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
International ejos
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Social movements
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Property damage/arson
Boycotts of companies-products
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Food insecurity (crop damage), Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation
Potential: Air pollution, Genetic contamination, Global warming, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Soil erosion
Health ImpactsVisible: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Potential: Infectious diseases, Malnutrition, Other environmental related diseases
Other Health impactsStudies indicate liver and kidney deficiencies and hormonal deregulation resulting of GMO corn consumption.
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Land dispossession
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Criminalization of activists
Institutional changes
Repression
Strengthening of participation
Application of existing regulations
Development of alternatives:Giving information and to discuss about the implications of production and consumption of GMOs aiming to boycott the non-conscious consumption of GMOs.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Yes
Briefly explain:Even though it is possible to produce and consume GMOs in Portugal, the pressing movements and protests made possible to have a little more control over what happens or at least more transparency (although it´s still a very closed process).
Sources & Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

regula o cultivo de variedades geneticamente modificadas, visando assegurar a sua coexistência com culturas convencionais e com o modo de produção biológico
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Decreto-Lei n.72/2003 de 10-04, transpôs a Directiva Europeia n. 2001/18/CE relativa à libertação deliberada no ambiente de organismos geneticamente modificados.
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Portaria nº 1611/2007 de 20-12-2007. Regula o estabelecimento e zonas livres de transgênicos em Portugal
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References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

VIEIRA, Luís Miguel Teixeira. Dissertação de Mestrado em Cidadania Ambiental E Participação Não-Violência Activa Movimentos Ambientais e a Mobilização Social em Portugal A Não-Violência Activa como Método de Participação Social Ambiental Estudo de Caso–O Caso do Milho Transgénico de Silves. Universidade Aberta, Lisboa, 2011.
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Eurobarometer about perception of GMO by the european citizens
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SILVA, Margarida. Portuguese GMO FREE Coalition. Power Point, 24 Abr. 2009
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USDA Foreign Agricultural Service–Grain Report: Global agriculture information network. Portugal: Biotechnology Annual, 8 Abr. 2013
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PRICE Project (Practical

Implementation of Coexistence in Europe), Portugal
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PONTE, João André Moniz (2014) A Cadeia de Abastecimento da Broa de Milho em Portugal e a Aplicação das Leis de Coexistência, Dissertação de mestrado em Engenharia Agronómica, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa.
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ARRUDA, Lúcia. Os OGM nos Açores e as contradições a nu. Bloco de Esquerda Açores. Opinião, 21 mai. 2012.
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TRANSGÉNICOS FORA. Mapa das explorações agrícolas de transgénicos. Trangénicos Fora, 10 jun. 2016.
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PTF. Glifosato: O herbicida que contamina Portugal. Plataforma Trasngénicos Fora-PTF, 29 ab. 2016.
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BENTO, Sofia; FERNANDES, Lúcia de Oliveira; SILVA, Lays Helena Paes e; BRÁS, Oriana Rainho. Mobilization against Genetically Modified Organisms in Portugal. Arcadia, Summer 2017, n. 23. Arcadia Collection: Global Environmental Movements. 2017.
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

AGÊNCIA LUSA. Activistas destroem um hectare de milho transgénico. Jornal Público, 17 Ago. 2007.
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GMo free regions - Portugal
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Plataforma Transgénicos Fora
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News Article. TSF. Governo vai proibir glifosato em espaços públicos. 6 jul 2016.
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News Article. STOPOGM. Glifosato: o herbicida que contamina Portugal. Stopogm.net. 29 abr. 2016.
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TOXIC BIOS. A guerrilla narrative project.
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News Article. DIÁRIO LIBERDADE. Portugal adere à marcha global contra Monsanto, 20 mai. 2016.
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News: embaixador norteamericano contesta possivel zona livre de transgenicos nos Açores
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Danger of GMO
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Movimento Verde Eufemia - GMO mowing Action @ Silves, Portugal
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GMO - how to recognize
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Açores protests
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Silves action
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PAeM – Milho transgênico em Silves, Algarve
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PAeM – Vídeos sobre Transgénicos em Portugal
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PAeM – Vídeos sobre o Glifosato
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PAeM – Zona Livre dos Transgénico dos Açores
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Other comments:The GPS refers to center Portugal as this case refers to the anti-gmo sttrugle all over the country. Silves action GPS 37.195815 -8.440443
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Contributor:Inês Ribeiro, Lays Silva and Lúcia Fernandes
Last update29/03/2018
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