On 29 June 2020, Swiss agricultural researcher Urs Niggli was appointed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to the scientific group tasked with preparing the 2021 Food Systems Summit. Since the beginning of July 2020 he has been working closely with Agroscope.
The results of the life-cycle assessment calculations show that Drinking-Water Initiative measures would reduce pesticide and nutrient pollution in Swiss waters. Overall, however, rising food imports would lead to increased environmental pollution.
The free trade agreement between Switzerland and the Mercosur states will have little effect on Swiss agriculture and the environment. This is the conclusion of two studies by Agroscope and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Switzerland’s food supply is secure, as shown by a comparison of the current situation with previous crises. A significant increase in infection and fatality rates could cause the situation to change, however.
The chickpea was cultivated in Asia as long ago as 8000 years BC. Today, chickpeas are the third-most important pulse in the world and can be used as a meat substitute without gluten. Experiences show that cultivation is possible in Switzerland.
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