Transforming the Swiss Food System

Biovision advocates for a solution-oriented and science-based political framework that makes a transformation towards a sustainable Swiss food system possible. To this end, Biovision is involved in networks such as the Agrarian Alliance and Agriculture with a Future.


Our engagement

In the project "Transforming the Swiss Food System," Biovision advocates solution-oriented and science-based political framework conditions at the national level that make possible the transformation towards a sustainable food system based on the vision of Agenda 2030. Biovision is pursuing the following objectives for this project:

  1. Establish the perception among decision makers and the public that the transformation promoted by Biovision is a necessary and well-founded basis for sustainable consumption and ecological agriculture;
     
  2. Politically advance a sustainable food system in Switzerland and abroad (approximately 50% of food is imported; keyword: negative impacts abroad, e.g. land consumption);
     
  3. Encourage decision makers in politics, business and society to adopt Biovision’s solutions for transforming the Swiss food system.

Working in networks

Through its long-term experience in policy dialogue, Biovision has developed a broad set of instruments proven to support solution-oriented dialogues between different actors in the food system, as well as expertise in organic agriculture and holistic solutions for a sustainable food system.

Biovision is recognized as an innovative, knowledge-based, and pragmatic organization in favor of a change of course towards an organic agricultural and food industry. Agenda 2030 is more central to our work than for comparable organizations.

To successfully transform the Swiss food system, Biovision works together with key players and sustainable networks:

  • Agrarallianz: Agrarallianz fosters dialogue to unite 19 organizations involved in food systems from the pitchfork to the dinner fork. It accompanies Swiss agricultural policy along the entire value chain. The aim of Agrarallianz is to make the entire Swiss food industry more sustainable.
     
  • Pesticide Reduction Alliance: The Pesticide Reduction Alliance brings together over a dozen organizations from agriculture, fisheries, water supply, and sustainable consumption. It advocates for substantially reducing pesticide use in agriculture in order to protect our soil, water, and forest ecosystems.
     
  • Klima Allianz Schweiz: Klima Allianz advocates an ambitious, fair and sustainable climate policy for Switzerland. Biovision is actively involved in the working group on agriculture.
     
  • Platform Agenda 2030: This platform is an association of 40 civil society actors from the fields of development cooperation, environmental protection, gender, peace, sustainable business and labor unions. It is committed to consistently implementing Agenda 2030 in Switzerland. Biovision is one of the founding members.
     
  • Landwirtschaft mit Zukunft: Landwirtschaft mit Zukunft (Agriculture with a future) was launched by teenagers and young adults and brings together people who are striving for ecological, regenerative and climate-friendly agriculture in Switzerland. Like Biovision, they see organic agriculture as part of the solution to our current ecological and social challenges.

Stories from this project

Can the food on our plates prevent future pandemics?

Despite the complex relationship between agriculture and diseases like COVID-19, a seemingly trivial choice – the food on our plates, and how it’s produced – can significantly influence the emergence of infectious diseases. Read more.

 

“The younger generation has realized: for us to have a future, things must change now”

Biovision CEO Frank Eyhorn on the role Biovision can play in transforming food systems – and where he sees reason for hope. Read more.