The agriculture and food sector is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Emission inventories serve as a basis for reduction strategies and the respective impact assessments. To date however, efforts at assessment have frequently been characterized by limited sector perspectives. Adopting an integral approach, the present study reviews emissions from the Swiss agriculture and food sector from the perspectives of both production and consumption. Whereas emissions from the production perspective fell slightly in spite of rising output, greenhouse gas emissions from the total agriculture and food sector have risen by a total of 15 % since 1990. The main reason for this is food imports, which have increased by more than 70 % since 1990. The results reveal a considerable gap between the goals of the «Climate Strategy for Agriculture» and the trend of consumption-based emissions. The main options for action are the promotion of a climate-friendly diet and the increase
Agroscope has developed a scoring system for plant protection in vegetable crops. The system enables the creation of incentives for reducing the use and environmental risks of plant-protection products and promoting preventive and non-chemical measures.
Many consumer goods contain activated carbon, which can be contaminated with pollutants like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Agroscope showed that current analytical methods and legal bases used to address PAH content are incomplete.
Dry summers can see a loss of up to 25% of total Swiss roughage production. This is because grassland yields are strongly correlated with summer drought, as shown by a new analysis conducted by Agroscope and the Swiss Farmers’ Union.