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Production: More food with fewer resources
Knowledge

Production: More food with fewer resources

One of the greatest challenges of this century will be to feed an estimated ten billion people in a safe and sustainable manner. To achieve this goal, agriculture needs to become much more productive.

Everything that claims to be “free from pesticides” is not always the best solution
Knowledge

Everything that claims to be “free from pesticides” is not always the best solution

In the Indian state of Sikkim, it has been forbidden to use synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers since 2016. Western media outlets have been happy to quote this example as proof that switching to completely organic farming works. This does not, however, tell the whole story.

Ten myths about food production
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Ten myths about food production

Having the “right” diet is playing an increasingly more important role in the lives of a great many people. A healthy lifestyle has become a status symbol. Healthy foods and sustainable production methods have been the subject of many extremely emotional debates. A wide range of outdated ideas and myths have taken root in the minds of a large number of consumers.

Production: More food with fewer resources
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Production: More food with fewer resources

One of the greatest challenges of this century will be to feed an estimated ten billion people in a safe and sustainable manner. To achieve this goal, agriculture needs to become much more productive.

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“Different Rules for Genome Editing Are Welcome”
Politics

“Different Rules for Genome Editing Are Welcome”

The Swiss Federal Council and the National Council of Switzerland want to put new cultivation methods under the existing GMO moratorium. A majority of the SECC-S decided on Tuesday that the cultivation of genome-edited plants is to be permitted subject to requirements. We discussed this decision with Jan Lucht, an expert on biotechnology from scienceindustries.

Less honey - rising prices
Media

Less honey - rising prices

The cold spring and wet summer had a massive impact on bees and honey production. Compared to last year, harvest volumes have really collapsed this year. Swiss honey is becoming a scarce commodity and prices are likely to rise.

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Does the world even need genome-edited plants?
Knowledge

Does the world even need genome-edited plants?

This question is often raised by opponents of modern breeding methods. As is almost always the case: The market provides an answer. And it looks pretty clear.

Climate change: lower harvests as early as 2030?
Research

Climate change: lower harvests as early as 2030?

Climate change affects the quality and quantity of harvests. According to a recently published study, there is a threat of significantly lower maize harvests as early as the mid-2030s.

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«An area one and a half times the size of the EU»
Media

«An area one and a half times the size of the EU»

The world’s population will increase to roughly 10 billion by 2050. Urs Niggli is therefore convinced that we need to make more productive use of existing land. This also means using gene editing.

Canton of Zurich: Up to 90 percent fewer grapes
Media

Canton of Zurich: Up to 90 percent fewer grapes

The wet summer had a disastrous impact on the grape harvest. Conditions were ideal for mildew and other diseases and pests. In the canton of Zurich, the grape harvest was 50 percent smaller than usual.

Agricultural production in the EU to drop by 20 percent
Knowledge

Agricultural production in the EU to drop by 20 percent

The European Green Deal would reduce the amount of agricultural production in the EU and lower farmers’ incomes.

Global facts on world food and agriculture
Knowledge

Global facts on world food and agriculture

Only thanks to technological progress and modern crop protection will we be able to conserve our resources in the future and at the same time feed more and more people in a healthy way.

A year of famine without pesticides
Media

A year of famine without pesticides

The year the prohibition against pesticides was put to a vote in Switzerland domestic farmers faced extremely severe weather conditions.

Prices for pasta are on the rise
Media

Prices for pasta are on the rise

Bad weather around the world have led to poor wheat harvests. This has affected products like pasta, couscous and bulgur. These products may soon cost much more.

When copper no longer helps
Media

When copper no longer helps

The wet summer in 2021 led to losses of as much as 80 percent for potato farmers. Organic farms were hit especially hard. Even the massive use of copper was unable to save harvests in many cases.

Openness to gene editing if it offers concrete benefits
Knowledge

Openness to gene editing if it offers concrete benefits

The public is very open to the use of innovative technologies in agriculture. This also applies to targeted plant breeding using modern methods like gene editing.

Downgraded wheat and infested fruit
Media

Downgraded wheat and infested fruit

For a number of crops, this past summer’s bad weather has led to poor harvests. Wheat has been particularly affected. As much as 90 percent of the harvest, depending on the region, has had to be downgraded.

Using CRISPR/Cas9 to fight potato blight
Research

Using CRISPR/Cas9 to fight potato blight

The Nobel Prize-winning CRISPR/Cas method now makes it possible to breed resistant varieties and may reduce the use of pesticides in agriculture.

"The consumer decides what we grow"
Knowledge

"The consumer decides what we grow"

In this episode, the "Green Sofa" of Syngenta's series of talks touches down in the colorful tomato world of Beat Bösiger, owner and CEO of Bösiger Gemüsekulturen AG.

"Without crop protection, there is no wine in the bottles"
Knowledge

"Without crop protection, there is no wine in the bottles"

Martin Wiederkehr is a winemaker, oenologist and managing director of the Weinbauzentrum Wädenswil wine research and teaching center near Lake Zurich, Switzerland. In this edition of “Green Sofa”, Martin talks about the challenges facing modern viticulture and how to protect grapes in the vineyard.

«Pesticides are a technology that support civilization»
Knowledge

«Pesticides are a technology that support civilization»

Synthetic pesticides enabled the transition at the end of the 19th century from an era of periodic famines to an age of food security. For this reason, it is clear to the University of Göttingen’s Professor Andreas von Tiedemann that pesticides are a cornerstone of modern society.

Plant breeding for resource-efficient farming
Knowledge

Plant breeding for resource-efficient farming

Climate change, pests, population growth and ever-scarcer resources pose major challenges for farmers around the world. And being able to produce sufficient food in a manner that is as environmentally-friendly as possible requires increasingly robust plant varieties.

Healthy eggplants thanks to Bacillus thuringiensis
Research

Healthy eggplants thanks to Bacillus thuringiensis

Insect pests like fruit and shoot borers pose a significant threat to food security in many regions of the world. External application of chemical insecticides has proven unsuitable. Therefore, the research industry has high hopes for biologics.

Hightech im Pflanzenschutz: «GPS statt Feuerwehrschaum»
Knowledge

Hightech im Pflanzenschutz: «GPS statt Feuerwehrschaum»

Technologischer Fortschritt und Digitalisierung machen auch vor der Landwirtschaft nicht halt. Im Gegenteil.

Ten reasons for the use of pesticides
Knowledge

Ten reasons for the use of pesticides

Less food loss, less food waste, less disease, cheaper food and more protection for natural spaces.