Six farm managers from a fodder-growing area in eastern Switzerland took part in a focus-group interview examining how various forms of collective farming were perceived. Although it is not possible to generalise on the statements made at the interview, a number of illuminating attitudes and thought patterns were discerned: the farm managers viewed the intense collective forms of partial farming collective and farming collective from a number of angles, perceiving advantages and disadvantages in both. Nevertheless, the drawbacks outweighed the benefits, and it is becoming clear that neither form of collective represents an obvious choice for the farm managers, or is supported by the social environment.
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.