The results of this socioeconomic investigation on agriculture, covering various branches of research on the situation and the future perspectives on methods in production respecting environment, are based on data collected in the region of Basle. The main points investigated in these written interviews were: the situation of information on methods used in agriculture respecting the environment, attitudes towards education and information, evaluation of their own production considering the compatibility to environment, participation, reasons affecting a change to methods of production respecting the environment and how to behave in the future, questions and problems concerning the economical choice of the firm and circumstances which can occur when changing to methods of production respecting the environment. About 11 % of the farms in the two cantons of Basle were interviewed. The answers were evaluated and compared considering the method of cultivation of the farm. During the second part of the investigation, on the basis of these results, the further development of IP farms and bio farms will be examined.
Employment in the agricultural sector is declining in many European countries, especially in livestock farming. Direct payments can counter this trend and lead to the employment of more – especially female – family members on the farm.
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.