Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture, Bern

The Radar Project – An in-depth look at the situation concerning agricultural research

The Radar Project describes the development of conditions surrounding agricultural research. On the political side, the importance of the state with regard to funding is decreasing. The technological aspect is progressing, as can be seen from the growth in the worldwide cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), for example. From an economic point of view, there is increasing exchange of goods and services between different nations. There is less solidarity among the population, whose lifestyles are becoming more unhealthy, although they are more environmentally aware when shopping. The fact that Switzerland’s glaciers are shrinking is an indication of global warming. Multinational companies are investing more and more in research. On the basis of the trends observed the authors have formulated theses for agricultural research.

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