Bern – The federal government wants to make the food system more sustainable while strengthening food security. To this end, it has drawn up the Climate Strategy for Agriculture and Food 2050. Among other things, it provides for a self-sufficiency rate of at least 50 percent.
The federal government has set a goal of making the country’s food system more sustainable while strengthening food security. To this end, the Federal Offices for Agriculture, Environment and Food Safety and Veterinary Affairs have drawn up the Climate Strategy for Agriculture and Food 2050. It is designed to help the domestic agriculture and food industry adapt to climate change and reduce its own emissions.
The climate strategy is aligned with three goals, the three federal agencies inform in a joint release. For example, agriculture should achieve a degree of self-sufficiency of at least 50 percent through climate- and location-appropriate production. The second goal is a healthy and balanced diet for the population. The third goal calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture by 40 percent from 1990 levels.
The Climate Strategy for Agriculture and Food 2050 replaces the Climate Strategy for Agriculture of the Federal Office for Agriculture from 2011. Among other things, the federal government wants to intensify research into the restructuring of the food system. Existing policy instruments are to be further developed and aligned with the net zero target for greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 adopted by the Federal Council.
In addition to new measures, this strategy also lists measures that have already been introduced. The communication cites the reduction of food losses, more sustainable trade relations and more climate-resilient agriculture as examples of areas for action. ce/hs