Mobilization against Genetically Modified Organisms in Portugal



In Portugal, several organizations and citizens' movements have been strongly opposing the production and consumption of GMOs since the 1990s. They oppose GMO maize plantations, while also providing information on the subject and boycotting the consumption of GMO foods. They have also organized several public initiatives against the use of herbicides (especially glyphosate) associated with GMO production.

Author Biographies

Oriana Rainho Brás, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Oriana Rainho Brás concluded a PhD in Sociology at CES-Centre for Social Studies/Economics Faculty, University of Coimbra, in 2013. She holds a degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology by the same university. Her research focuses on social studies of science, health, socio-environmental conflicts and public participation in water management. She is a consultant of the project PaeM-Portugal: Environment on the move. She currently works in the project RePortCancer/CancerRePort: Researching the dynamics and international positioning of the portuguese medical oncology community promoted by ASPIC-Portuguese Association for Cancer Research. She is a researcher at the University of Lisbon, SOCIUS-Research Centre in Economic and Organizational Sociology, CSG Consortium of Social Sciences and Management, ISEG School of Economics and Management.

Lúcia de Oliveira Fernandes, University of Lisbon and University of Coimbra, Portugal

Lúcia Fernandes is recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship (SFRH/BPD/79933/2011) supported by Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (Portugal). Lúcia de Oliveira Fernandes holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. She concluded a Master of Social Sciences, specialized in Environmental Policies, at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has conducted research and published in interdisiciplinary journals. She currently works in a post-doc joint project between SOCIUS-Research Centre in Economic and Organizational Sociology, University of Lisbon, and CES-Center for Social Sciences, University of Coimbra. The project addresses environment, health and citizens mobilization in Transition experiences in Portugal and other sustainability experiences. Other research topics relate to environmental conflicts in Portugal. She co-coordinated the project EJ atlas Portugal, and co-coordinates the project PaeM-Portugal: Environment on the move.

Sofia Bento, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Sofia Bento is Sociology Professor at the University of Lisbon, and researcher at SOCIUS-Research Centre in Economic and Organizational Sociology, CSG Consortium of Social Sciences and Management, ISEG School of Economics and Management. She holds a PhD in Sociology of Innovation by the École Normale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, and in Sociology of Economics and Organizations by ISEG School of Economics and Management, University of Lisbon. Her research focuses on studies of science and technology especially topics related to the environment, water resources, climate change, citizens’ involvement and participative processes. She has coordinated European projects under the frame of ERA CIRCLE the European research program dedicated to climate change in mediterranean countries. Recent projects focus the transition movement in Portugal and the construction of technical-scientific knowledge in the Portuguese Environment Agency. She trained in participative methodologies and has applied in different research contexts.

Lays Helena Paes e Silva, Faculdade Das Américas (FAM), Brazil

Lays Helena Paes e Silva is a PhD in Social Sciences by CES-Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal, and a Master in Law by the Law School of University of Coimbra. She holds a degree in History by Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Brazil, and a degree in Law by Centro Universitário do Triângulo, Brazil. She currently teaches at Faculdade das Américas, FAM, Brazil. Her research interests are linked to natural environment and society, especially regarding the environmental justice paradigm. She participated in the Ecology and Society Workshop at CES until December 2015, and is a team member of the project EJ Atlas Portugal, and PaeM-Portugal: Environment on the Move.