The agricultural use of natural resources and ecosystem services adversely affects the environment. Agroscope records and models these influences, and describes the need for action to minimise them. Agricultural environmental indicators, inventories and monitoring activities are developed to this end.
Flows of nutrients and harmful substances, greenhouse gases, biodiversity and soil contamination situations are analysed to derive measures for the protection of waters, the closing of materials cycles, and the protection and site-appropriate use of species and habitat diversity as well as soil functions. Examining the interaction between soil biodiversity and beneficial plants will enable cultivation systems to be more resource-efficient.
The Research Division contributes to the federal government’s climate strategy by assuming responsibility for climate reporting and developing measures that will allow the agricultural sector to reduce its contribution to climate change, whilst adapting to it.
The risks of new agricultural technologies are evaluated to protect ecosystem services. LCAs and sustainability assessments allow us to weigh up options for the future focus of agriculture.