Press releases

The Biovision Foundation contributes to public opinion on its core topics through the preparation of background information, liaising with scientists and environmental advisers in Africa, generating image material and regular work with the media.

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  • 29.11.2018 National Councillor Maya Graf (BL) elected to Biovision Board: Maya Graf, Green National Councillor for Basel Land and an organic farmer has been elected to the Biovision Foundation Board. The election of Maya Graf provides us with the services of a highly qualified, well-connected and committed colleague,” said Biovision President Dr Hans Rudolf Herren with obvious pleasure. Media Release...
  • 17.10.2018 Listen to living soil – Sounding Soil Sounding Soil brings alive and makes audible the diversity of life beneath our feet. The sound installation will be presented to the public for the first time at the Paul Klee Centre in Bern on 20 October 2018. The art project is an inter and trans-disciplinary research project to increase our understanding of soil ecosystems.  Biovision is using the project to draw attention to the increasing threats to soil, one of our basic resources.
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    Photo, video and sound material on Sounding Soil can be downloaded from here.
  • 24.09.2018 Nach Fair-Food-Nein: Wir bleiben gemeinsam dran: Obwohl eine Mehrheit der Stimmbevölkerung die Fair-Food-Initiative abgelehnt hat, stösst das Ziel von umweltschonenden und regional produzierten Lebensmitteln weiterhin auf breite Zustimmung. Jetzt sind der Bundesrat und Parlament gefordert, bei fairen Handelsbeziehungen, dem ressourcenschonenden Umgang mit Lebensmitteln und der Verwirklichung eines nachhaltigen Ernährungssystems vorwärts zu machen. Medienmitteilung ...
  • 17.07.2018 Einmalige Chance zur Gestaltung einer nachhaltigen Zukunft für die Schweiz​: SDSN Switzerland begrüsst die heutige Vorstellung des Schweizer Län-derberichts zur Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 für nachhaltige Entwicklung durch Bundesrätin Doris Leuthard an der UNO in New York. Bundesrat und Parlament sind jetzt aber gefordert, aufbauend auf dem Länderbericht und der ausführlichen Bestandsaufnahme die richtigen Stellschrauben für eine weitsichtige Nachhaltigkeitspolitik zu betätigen. SDSN Switzerland – das Schweizer Lösungsnetzwerk für nachhaltige Entwicklung – stellt in seinem heute veröffentlichten Bericht konkrete Handlungsempfehlungen vor. Medienmitteilung ...
  • 20.06.2018 Federal Council (still) failing to recognise the potential of the Agenda 2030: Biovision is disappointed by today’s report of the Swiss Federal Council on the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. There is still no conclusive evidence that the Government intends to pursue a genuine sustainability policy. The Federal Council has not only failed to identify clearly the challenges faced by Switzerland as it moves towards a sustainable future but it has also failed to recognise the opportunities for business, research and society that the Agenda 2030 presents. Download media release
  • 15.06.2018 Bundesrat provoziert aufreibenden Abstimmungskampf: Biovision bedauert den heutigen Entscheid des Bundesrats auf den Verzicht eines indirekten Gegenvorschlags zur Trinkwasser-Initiative.Damit verpasst der Bundesrat die Chance, dem starken Anliegen der Bevölkerung nach einer ökologischen und pestizidfreien Landwirtschaft Rechnung zu tragen. Medienmitteilung...
  • 02.02.2018 Offener Brief an Bundesrat Schneider-Ammann – Handelsabkommen mit Indonesien darf kein Palmöl enthalten: Palmöl muss aus dem Freihandelsabkommen zwischen der Schweiz und Indonesien ausgeschlossen werden. Dies fordern Schweizer Umwelt-, Menschenrechts-, Konsumenten- und Bauernorganisationen in einem offenen Brief an Bundesrat Johann Schneider-Ammann.  Medienmitteilung...
  • Organic beats conventional agriculture in the tropics, Kenya 30.06.2016: A long-term study by the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Kenya has shown clearly that organic agriculture not only generates comparable yields, but also produces more income and health benefits for farmers than conventional methods. Media Release...
  • Milestone for an environmentally friendly fight against malaria Geneva, 7. Mai 2015 – The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants agreed on the roadmap initiated by Biovision in 2013 to foster an environmentally friendly fight against insects which pass on malaria and other deadly diseases. Download Media Release (PDF)
  • Globi, the Smart Farmer - An amusing adventure story and entertaining education for both young and old: Zurich, 5 March 2014 - Once again, Globi makes good use of his exceptional communication skills. This time, he learns from nature what’s good for animals, plants and the environment – and so for us humans as well. Armed with this information, he transforms a run-down farm into a small rural paradise. It’s fitting that the new book is published during the UN’s International Year of Family Farming. Biovision has been supporting family farms in East Africa for over 15 years and in this latest project, it has shared its experience of sustainable, organic farming with the publishers Globi Verlag. Download Media Release (PDF)
  • Outbreak Responder – The Game about the Fight against Malaria: Zurich, 4. February 2014 – Outbreak Responder shows in a playful way how to combat malaria in Africa sustainably. Biovision Foundation, which has a number of anti-malaria projects in East Africa to eliminate this deadly disease, is launching this game in Switzerland together with the developers CodeSustainable.  Download Press Release (PDF)
    • Hans Rudolf Herren wins "SwissAward": Zurich, 11. January 2014 –The internationally renowned specialist in biological pest control and president of Biovision Foundation, Hans R. Herren, has won the “SwissAward” in the category society. Download Media Release (PDF)

    Right Livelihood Award ceremony in Stockholm
    Hans Rudolf Herren is awarded for his fight against hunger and poverty


    On 2 December 2013 the Right Livelihood Award (RLA) has been presented to this year’s four laureates at the Swedish parliament in Stockholm. Hans R. Herren, one of the world’s leading experts on sustainable agriculture, wins the Right Livelihood Award for his commitment to end hunger and poverty in our world. The president of Biovision Foundation is the first Swiss to be awarded this prize since its inception in 1980.

    DR. HANS RUDOLF HERREN (SWITZERLAND): “How can we nourish the world in fifty years’ time, given the uncertainties resulting from climate change, growing population and diminishing natural resources? The answer to this question is to change course in global agriculture, that business as usual is not an option and a new paradigm, beyond the green revolution, is needed, and fast. The new paradigm needs to address agriculture’s multifunctionality, and its key role in the three sustainable development dimensions:  environment, society and economy...in that order." 

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    Hans Rudolf Herren and Biovision win Right Livelihood Award 

    Stockholm/Zurich, 26 September 2013 – Hans R. Herren, one of the world’s leading experts on sustainable agriculture, wins the Right Livelihood Award for his commitment to end hunger and poverty in our world. The president of Biovision Foundation is the first Swiss to be awarded this prize since its inception in 1980.

    The jury of the prize, also known as the alternative Nobel prize, said the decision to award Herren was based on “his expertise and pioneering work in promoting safe, secure and sustainable global food supply”.

    The World Food Prize laureate of 1995 sees the award as an important endorsement of his vision: A world which can provide all nine billion people expected to live on our planet in 2050 with sufficient healthy food. Hans Herren was awarded the prize jointly with his Biovision Foundation. Download Media Release (PDF)