StopOGM became an association under Swiss law (articles 60 and following of the Swiss Civil Code) in 1998. It is part of the Swiss working group on genetic engineering based in Zurich.
StopOGM is the structure that coordinates organisations based in French-speaking areas of Switzerland. The association is part of a national and international network of organisations that look critically at the development of agriculture and food. StopOGM critically and independently analyses the development and impact of genetic engineering on agriculture, animal-raising, the environment and health. This work is financed entirely by membership fees and donations.
Thanks to Switzerland’s direct democracy, the association was able to participate in referendum campaigns, providing the public with a wealth of information. The association is now an actor in the debate, and an important, recognised leader on the issue of genetic engineering in French-speaking Switzerland.
StopOGM is at the origin of the Swiss moratorium in effect since 2005. The association is working actively on the political level to keep it in place (until 2021). On the scientific level, the association is committed to greater objectivity in the presentation of the issue and works toward this goal with the Swiss academy of natural sciences in particular. With regard to the public and the media, we provide good critical information.
Since the beginning of 2018, StopOGM has been implementing an information campaign on new genetic engineering techniques, and along with partner organisations has lobbied to make these techniques subject to the Law on genetic engineering.
In 2017, StopOGM had numerous individual members (approximately 1500) and more than 20 member organisations from Swiss civil society.
StopOGM acts to achieve the following goals:
• Protect human health and the dignity of living beings
• Defend consumers’ freedom of choice
• Support agriculture capable of guaranteeing the sovereignty and food security of populations
• Promote scientific research that supports small- and medium-scale farmers by developing techniques and varieties suitable for use in agro-ecology.