Today, an average of over 400 square metres of land per person are devoted to residential and road use. This land has been and will continue to be taken almost exclusively from agricultural uses. This paper deals with the factors influencing ground sealing and compares different categories of land protection. Findings clearly indicate that the Federal government has very effective instruments for protecting forest, but not agricultural land.
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.