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Less crop protection in 2020, probably more in 2021
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Less crop protection in 2020, probably more in 2021

The federal figures for the volume of plant protection products sold in 2020 offer a contradictory picture: total sales figures for plant protection products have continued to decline. In 2020, 1930 tonnes of plant protection products were sold in Switzerland in total. There was an increase in the sale of plant protection products permitted for use in organic farming. This also includes substances that pose a considerable risk.

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.

Environment: Use and protect
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Environment: Use and protect

Many innovations arise from observations of nature. Genetic resources often serve as inspiration or basis for new products, drugs and mechanisms of action. Agriculture also uses natural cycles, but at the same time influences them. It is in the farmers' own interest to produce in the most environmentally friendly way possible.

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Safety and security: Productivity and Trust
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Safety and security: Productivity and Trust

In order to be able to feed ten billion people by 2050, substantial effort will be required from the agriculture and research sectors. Security and safety will play a major role in this, with both food security and food safety being key. In order to ensure food security, productivity and food production levels need to be increased.

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

Climate change threatens the future of coffee
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Climate change threatens the future of coffee

By 2050, 50 percent of the areas used for coffee cultivation could disappear. The two largest coffee producers, Brazil and Vietnam, would be particularly affected.

Chemistry is everything - it also protects against natural poisoning
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Chemistry is everything - it also protects against natural poisoning

Professor Nuno Maulide is Director of the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University of Vienna. The Portuguese-born professor talks about misunderstood chemistry in an interview with Visao, a Portuguese news magazine.

Sustainable nutrition with algae
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Sustainable nutrition with algae

The greatest challenge facing today's agriculture industry is to produce healthy foods that do not place undue stress on the planet. Algae could one day represent an important piece of the puzzle in food production.

Does the world even need genome-edited plants?
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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.

Nutrition: Health for the entire planet
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Nutrition: Health for the entire planet

The nutrition of the future should ensure that all people have access to the necessary nutrients and be healthy for the planet as well. Such a “planetary health diet” requires urgent innovation. That much is certain.

Megatrends: "Avalanches in slow motion"
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Megatrends: "Avalanches in slow motion"

The world is changing. The complexity is great and that makes it difficult to keep track in everyday life. Megatrends provide orientation here. They outline the main lines of change.

From stem cell to steak
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From stem cell to steak

Meat production consumes a lot of resources. And for a wide variety of reasons, people are eating less meat or even giving it up entirely. A growing number of companies are therefore looking into alternative methods of producing meat – for example, in a lab.

Climate change requires precision cultivation
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Climate change requires precision cultivation

We need robust new crop varieties to protect harvests against invasive pests. Innovative methods, such as precision cultivation using gene editing, can help plant breeding keep pace with climate change.

Drought-tolerant maize as a response to climate change
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Drought-tolerant maize as a response to climate change

Climate change poses increasing challenges for agriculture. Plant breeding is therefore working at full speed to develop varieties with better resistance to environmental stress.

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Acceptance of animal-free milk products is growing
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Acceptance of animal-free milk products is growing

Producing animal-based products is a very resource-intensive process. And for a wide variety of reasons, some people refrain from eating meat and/or dairy products. This is why companies are conducting more research into “animal-free” animal products.

COVID-19 triggers a boom in functional food
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COVID-19 triggers a boom in functional food

During the COVID-19 crisis, demand for functional food and nutritional supplements has grown worldwide. Consumers have become more conscious of the importance of healthy nutrition.

Agricultural production in the EU to drop by 20 percent
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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
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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.

More sustainability for people and the environment
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More sustainability for people and the environment

Royal DSM strives to reduce malnutrition around the world, lower emissions from animal farming and strengthen the livelihoods of small farmers by 2030.

Openness to gene editing if it offers concrete benefits
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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.

Food trends: Innovative technologies are indispensable
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Food trends: Innovative technologies are indispensable

Climate change and environmental problems will change our eating habits. The food of the future will have to be both good for us – and good for the planet.

Tomatoes: From "water bomb" to aromatic fruit
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Tomatoes: From "water bomb" to aromatic fruit

The diversity of commercially marketed tomato varieties is greater today than ever before. This has to do in particular with the breeding of new varieties.

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Risks to Swiss food security
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Risks to Swiss food security

Despite the Covid 19 pandemic, food security in Switzerland was guaranteed at all times. Still, we should not feel a false sense of security.

Finally, a golden age for golden rice
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Finally, a golden age for golden rice

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that worldwide, as many as 500,000 children go blind every year due to a lack of vitamin A. Roughly half of them die within 12 months of losing their sight. This miserable situation could be greatly eased if the affected children had access to an inexpensive, everyday food containing an adequate amount of vitamin A.

"The consumer decides what we grow"
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"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.

Do without Swiss rapeseed oil?
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Do without Swiss rapeseed oil?

Rapeseed is the most important Swiss oil crop and it continues to gain in importance. Unpopular palm oil imports are increasingly being replaced by Swiss rapeseed oil.

"The future lies in precision agriculture"
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"The future lies in precision agriculture"

Camilla Corsi, Head of Crop Protection Research st Syngenta, talks about the opportunities modern science offers for plant health, but also about her special relationship with agriculture and food that traces to her childhood in Tuscany.

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

Facts about drinking water and limit values
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Facts about drinking water and limit values

'Pure' water is either a tasteless distillate or a selling point. As natural products, neither tap water nor branded water is 'pure'. However, both can be drunk without hesitation.

Synthetic has many benefits
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Synthetic has many benefits

Synthetic pesticides are often automatically viewed as problematic compared with natural pesticides. But this is a misconception. It is not possible to make any general statements about toxicity based on the production method alone.

Plant breeding for resource-efficient farming
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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.

Animal feed: Domestic rapeseed instead of imported soy
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Animal feed: Domestic rapeseed instead of imported soy

The protein-rich press residues of rapeseed would be ideally suited as feed for livestock with the help of "genome editing". Instead of imported soy, domestic rapeseed could be fed to animals.

Hightech im Pflanzenschutz: «GPS statt Feuerwehrschaum»
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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
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Ten reasons for the use of pesticides

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