Experiences of the economic viability of herbicide tolerant crops (HT crops) were collected in a literature review from countries in which commercial cultivation is taking place. The results show that HT crops do not generally produce increased yields and no herbicide savings are effected in the long term. Economic benefits may be derived from the no-tillage system thereby made possible and from the simplification of chemical weed control. A direct transfer of results is only possible up to a point because of different structures and price levels in Switzerland. The cost and expense of coexistence measures were not included.
Thanks to their unique landscapes, the 15 Swiss parks, the majority of which are located in the (pre-)Alps and in the Jura Arc, feature as tourist attractions. But do the parks also provide economic value-added for local agriculture?
To balance their nutrient cycles, Swiss farms export surplus farmyard manure to farms with free uptake capacities or to composting and anaerobic digestion facilities. Between 2015 and 2020 the volumes of organic manure and recycled fertilisers transported rose significantly, with a consequent increase in transport costs.
Employment in the agricultural sector is declining in many European countries, especially in livestock farming. Direct payments can counter this trend and lead to the employment of more – especially female – family members on the farm.