In the year 1994, 124 farmers in the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-land were interviewed to know which were their reasons of changing to methods of production compatible with environment. The results prove that many of the obstacles expected being opposed to a change to methods of production compatible with environment have been assumed with no reason or broke down these last years. For organic agriculture we know obstacles that have not been dismissed up to this day. While integrated production is becoming the standard method of agriculture in the near future, organic agriculture will still be found on less farms these next years. From the information collected in the interviews of 1994 we can expect about 60 to 70 % of farms using methods of integrated agriculture while for organic farmers we think of approximately 10 to 15 % for a medium-term.
Despite the current challenges of e.g. the war in Ukraine and climate change, the Swiss food sector is relatively resilient. This is the conclusion reached by Agroscope’s report on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office for National Economic Supply.
The pandemic has influenced not only our everyday life but also our behaviour. Agroscope looked at which population groups and behaviours experienced or underwent particularly significant changes, and what this means for our health.
Swiss dairy farms are more strongly affected by structural change than other farm types. An analysis of the farms exiting the sector or switching focus highlights influencing factors.