New study in Switzerland identifies weaknesses in national agricultural legislation

A new study entitled “Swiss Agricultural Policy: Fit for purpose PA22+“, published by WWF Switzerland, BirdLife Switzerland, Greenpeace and Pro Natura and carried out by Interface, shows that current Swiss agricultural legislation has weaknesses and that the environmental objectives for agriculture (OEA) are not being met.

Environmental efforts are therefore urgent and essential for agriculture. Biodiversity continues to decline in the country, while excess nutrients and pesticides pollute water, air and soil.

The study proposes ways to improve the situation and concludes that the ecological requirements for the payment of direct payments in agriculture do not go far enough. Subsidies must be linked to stricter standards in order to minimise the negative impact of agricultural production on the environment. In addition, various instruments to support national production make animal density very high in Switzerland, which is problematic for nature and climate.

The study has been supported by MAVA within the frame of our action plan aiming at shifting agricultural production towards more environmental practices in Switzerland.

Download the study here (in French).

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