These visits are aimed at maintaining Vorarlberg's agriculture free of GM plants this year, according to Schwärzler. He called on farmers to use only GM-free seeds, and to demand that seed retailers guarantee their products to be free of GMOs.
Vorarlberg is the only Austrian federal state that has not passed a Biotechnology Precautionary Bill. The cultivation of genetically modified crops is covered by state regulations, and a state law on environmental protection and rural development generally prohibits the sowing of genetically modified seeds. Currently, there is no exception to that rule in Vorarlberg.