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.
How do farmers experience social sustainability on their farms? As an Agroscope study shows, this depends on farmers’ identities and farm types.
Cheese stands out as one of the main Swiss agricultural trade offensive interests. Outside the EU, the USA are an important export destination. The CAPRI model allows to assess the impact of a free trade agreement for cheese between the USA and CH.
Policies to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions are more effective and more efficient if they are set at the regional level and not at the level of individual farms. This can help achieve climate targets.