The portuguese and european situation regarding GMOs is largely conditioned by the french and german positions.
Since the introduction of GMOs in the food chain in the mid-1990s, there has been a marked annual increase in the cultivation of transgenic plants worldwide. In 2010, the total area under cultivation of transgenic plants reached 148 Mha, of which 50% correspond to soybean and 31% to maize, GM crops being the most widely used in the world, followed by cotton and oilseed rape. At EU level, maize is the most authoritative (often designated as events) genetically modified species (21) in food and feed (see www.gmo-compass.org/). Portugal is ranked 21st worldwide in the cultivation of GMOs, corresponding only to MON810 maize, which is currently the only event approved for cultivation in the EU. Since 2005, its cultivation in Portugal has been extended to the North, Center (Beira Litoral), Lisbon and Tagus Valley, Alentejo (most cultivated area) and, more recently, to the Algarve.
I thank SG for what he has taught me about this subject.
""Science isn't rejecting the claims themselves so much as the evidence used to support them. Scientific evidence, by our definition, must be strong enough to win a consensus. That is an exacting standard. The scientist, like a stage magician, can't cover his hands at a critical part of the demonstration. The audience would boo and throw tomatoes.
Science doesn't care how a scientist comes up with an idea: it does care, however, about the evidence the scientist uses to support the idea. It must be convincing to those who don't believe in Ouija boards, not just to those who do.
Well-written pseudoscience, with its exciting generalizations and lack of mathematics, can always find a bigger audience than can carefully crafted, but necessarily tedious, rebuttals.
Cromer, A. (1995). Uncommon sense: The heretical nature of science. Oxford University Press.