Swiss bread without Swiss grain?

Swiss bread without Swiss grain?

Due to the exceptionally wet summer, the 2021 bread grain harvest will also be poor. Both - the quantity and quality of bread wheat - have suffered severely. To secure the bread supply, import quotas had to be applied for from the Federal Government. More imports are necessary.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The industry organization for cereals, oilseeds and protein crops (swiss granum) is complaining about major harvest and quality losses in 2021, as "foodaktuell" reports. The organization had already warned in September. In particular, Bread wheat has suffered from the summer's constant wetness and hailstorms. Overall, the bakeable bread grain harvest was 30 percent lower than last year. The shortfall in grain can only be partially compensated for from existing stores. An application has therefore been made to the Federal Office for Agriculture for an advance withdrawal of the import quota. More grain will have to be imported to cover domestic demand.


Lack of Swiss grain for new Swissness label

At the same time, swiss granum wants to strengthen Swissness and presents the new brand “Swiss Bread”. Breads and baked goods made in Switzerland with 80 percent Swiss flour are to be marked with the new label. According to “foodaktuell”, already 220 bakeries have registered for the brand. The question is: Does such a label make sense if not enough domestic bread grain can be produced? According to swiss granum, one obstacle is the implementation of the Federal Government's reduction path. The massive reduction of plant protection products intensifies the problem of crop failures. For the industry organization, the cultivation of cereals and oilseeds must remain attractive in the future. To this end, the Federal Government must also push ahead with variety testing, for example to allow plant varieties with increased pest resistance.

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