According to a study the requirements of the Swiss “Proof of Ecological Performance” are often higher than those of the European Union’s Cross Compliance. The results of a comparison of ecologically relevant laws and ordinances have revealed that there is not one country which consistently has the most stringent rules in all of the areas examined. Details of the technical application of the law are of great importance. Switzerland does not have the most severe regulations in any of the areas examined.
Those wishing to promote biodiversity in agriculture by means of result-based schemes need meaningful indicators. An overview of proposed and used indicators highlights developments and challenges.
Foods of animal origin – friend or foe? It all depends on the needs of consumers and on local production conditions, as shown by a major review in which Agroscope took part.
In vegetable production it is usual to leave crop residues on the field. Measurements carried out by Agroscope researchers show that removing these residues significantly reduces nitrate leaching.