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«Biologicals» – biologically active substances from research
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«Biologicals» – biologically active substances from research

Modern crop protection products must be safe, targeted and short-lived – i.e. degraded shortly after reaching their target – without leaving behind biologically active degradation products.

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“Natural does not always mean sustainable”
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“Natural does not always mean sustainable”

We are reliant on optimized foodstuffs in order to supply the planet’s growing population with healthy, sustainably produced food. However, consumers often view these as “artificial”, and thus “unnatural” – and “natural” is the preferred choice. Of our everyday foods, however, very few are of “natural origin”. They have been optimized by humans over the course of time. But are supposedly “natural” products also healthier and more sustainable? Three presenters took an in-depth look at food optimization in this Swiss-Food Talk.

«How to feed the world without starving the planet»

«How to feed the world without starving the planet»

The nutrition of the future should ensure access to the necessary nutrients for all people and be healthy for the planet. That is the goal. However, developing this kind of “planetary health diet” is not so easy. In the Swiss-Food Talk, experts in science and industry discussed what healthy, environmentally friendly nutrition should look like. One thing is clear: Sustainable food must suit the tastes of the people, meet the specific local needs, and must be affordable.

"Patents on Seeds?!"

"Patents on Seeds?!"

Patents create transparency about inventions and enable their further development. For research-intensive Switzerland in particular, patents are a central building block in order to remain a leading location for innovation. At the swiss-food talk on 17 May, three representatives from the fields of research, start-up and industry spoke about the reasons for and significance of patents, particularly in plant breeding.

Revolution on the farm
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Revolution on the farm

The CRISPR/Cas method will revolutionise parts of plant breeding. The technology is urgently needed to address the challenges facing agriculture in this century and threatening our security of supply.

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Sustainable food from the bioreactor
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Sustainable food from the bioreactor

Feed more people and waste less raw materials – we are achieving this goal thanks to "sustainability from the laboratory," Tilo Hühn is convinced. Together with a team of 80 at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), the food architect is researching sustainable nutrition solutions.

New breeding methods – here to stay
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New breeding methods – here to stay

The Swiss Parliament has decided to update the genetic engineering moratorium that has been in place since 2005. The step was overdue. On the occasion of a webinar organized by swiss-food.ch, experts from science and agriculture spoke about the benefits of new biotechnological breeding methods. It became clear: the risks are low, the opportunities are great.

The search for the egg of the future
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The search for the egg of the future

Boiled, stirred, fried: Eggs are not only popular at Easter. At the same time, there is increasing interest in alternatives to the animal protein products that are common in our country. The search for new protein sources therefore does not stop at chicken eggs. The "egg substitute" can come from exotic jellyfish, as well as from a wide variety of plant sources. The result: The demand for protein-rich crops is growing.

The Future of Agriculture and Climate Change
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The Future of Agriculture and Climate Change

All around the world, we see and feel the effects of climate change on our lives. While it impacts everyone, agriculture is one of the sectors that is at the forefront of climate change – contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and at the same time coping with growing our food under increasingly challenging conditions. So, how can we address climate change and take action that makes an impact?

Insects: The protein source of tomorrow?
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Insects: The protein source of tomorrow?

Insects have long been considered the superfood of the future. They are rich in protein, require less land and water, and have a better carbon footprint than conventional meat.

European agriculture: "Keeping an eye on the global framework"
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European agriculture: "Keeping an eye on the global framework"

Food security in Europe and sustainability in agriculture were topics of discussion at Bayer's agricultural talks in cooperation with the "agrarzeitung". The following issues became clear: Europe cannot be viewed in isolation. Every change in European production has an impact on other regions of the world.

Climate change: "You have to invest heavily in innovation".
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Climate change: "You have to invest heavily in innovation".

On the occasion of the 26th Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Matthias Berninger, Global Head of Public Affairs, Science & Sustainability at Bayer, talks about the potential of new fertilisers for climate protection.

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.

CO2 reduction with alternative artificial fertiliser
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CO2 reduction with alternative artificial fertiliser

The two agrochemical producers Bayer and Syngenta are investing in an American start-up whose technology can massively reduce the use of nitrogen fertiliser.

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«People don't know what chemistry is»

«People don't know what chemistry is»

People often discuss pesticides and biocides. «Pesticides are chemistry and chemistry is poison», is often said. According to Dominique Werner of scienceindustries, the negative attitude often has to do with ignorance.

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«Food is safer than ever»

«Food is safer than ever»

The eating habits of the population have changed greatly in recent years. There is a trend towards healthy and sustainable nutrition. But at the same time, many consumers are also unsettled.

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Challenges and opportunities of sustainable agriculture

Challenges and opportunities of sustainable agriculture

Tomorrow's agriculture must produce more efficiently. And at the same time protect the climate and biodiversity. At the Swiss-Food Talk, three renowned, independent experts spoke about the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow's sustainable agriculture.

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«Synthetic equals toxic? Wrong!»

«Synthetic equals toxic? Wrong!»

When shopping for food on a daily basis, we often rely on our gut feeling. This can be very useful and save us a lot of thinking. But when it comes to assessing risks, our gut feeling can also be deceptive. Angela Bearth, a behavioural psychologist at ETH Zurich, explains why this is the case in the Swiss Food Podcast.

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You can't do without healthy, high-quality food from Switzerland

You can't do without healthy, high-quality food from Switzerland

At the Swiss-Food Talk, three recognised experts gave answers to current questions in connection with a healthy, sustainable diet. And made an appeal to common sense.

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«You cannot vote on science»

«You cannot vote on science»

Resistance to new technologies is currently booming. In the case of green genetic engineering, politicians are also finding it difficult to deal with new technologies in a forward-looking way. But where does this fear of new things come from? Ludger Wess, science journalist and molecular biologist, talks about this in the Swiss-Food Podcast.

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«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.

Without biocides, animal welfare and food safety suffer

Without biocides, animal welfare and food safety suffer

At the Swiss-Food Talk, three experts underlined the importance of biocides for agriculture and food processing. The conclusion of the talk: without biocides, food safety and animal welfare could not be guaranteed.

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Difference between risk and danger
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Difference between risk and danger

Danger and risk are often confused in the discussion surrounding pesticides. Sometimes the two terms are even used synonymously. That is as incorrect as it is negligent, because dangerous substances do not always present a high risk. By the same token, substances that are not considered to be dangerous can indeed pose a risk. Danger and risk are therefore not identical.

Scientists urge common sense
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Scientists urge common sense

The second Swiss-Food Talk was attended by three internationally recognised experts from the fields of toxicology, water protection and food safety. They discussed the handling of limit values and the partly wrong interpretation in the public discourse. The scientists pleaded for more objectivity.

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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.