Clear and consequent implemented strategies for commercial dairy manufacturing plants in Swiss mountainous areas in a deregulated cheese market will become more important in the future. Due to demand trends of the market there are sound perspectives for the sale of premium quality and authentic cheese products. The plants participating in the mountain dairy project can secure their existence on a long term basis following strategies based on production and marketing of cheese in a high quality segment focussing on substantial value added. From an economic point of view general dairy products are less rewarding. The plants are reaching an improvement of their economical success-factors with either a clear focus on own cheese specialties or the expansion of the manufactured quantity of the traditional cheese brands. The cheese dairies are focussing mainly on a gentle enhancement of the existing products and a continuous development of sales. The development of real product innovations in commercial plants is most likely of lower importance.
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.
Global food availability is expected to remain stable in the medium term. Food security challenges in Switzerland include the decline in agricultural land area per capita, higher incidence of extreme weather events and increased pressure from pests.
Different cultural backgrounds lead to different uptake of biodiversity agri-environmental schemes at the inner-Swiss French-German language border. Economic policy incentives could mitigate culture-driven behavioral differences.