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It is quite possible to meet the needs of the Swiss population through local production and food imports without use of synthetic pesticides.
Switzerland free of pesticides
Vrai
Current know-how and methods would allow this to be achieved, while remaining economically viable for all protagonists.
Public health without pesticides
Vrai
Many Swiss and international studies have noted how dangerous various synthetic pesticide cocktails in our daily diet are increasing risks to public health. Many cases of chronic illness among workers in direct contact with these synthetic pesticides occur. So, we can affirm that by voting ‘yes’ you will improve levels of public health in addition to the health of agricultural workers, for the benefit of all.
Healthy eating without pesticides
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Synthetic pesticides and their use are very expensive. Many studies now show that farmers who no longer use synthetic pesticides are seeing their costs reduce significantly.
farming without pesticides
Vrai
Hundreds of farms in Switzerland demonstrate that this type of operation is profitable. They also restore the satisfaction of farming while respecting humans and our planet.
Less pesticides, more health.
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In 2015, more than 2000 tons of pesticides were dumped on the Switzerland, polluting the water tables, the rivers and our lakes. They invisibly and silently destroy our ecosystem.

Your ‘yes’ on this initiative will put people, animals and nature at the center of our concerns.
more health from less pesticides

The initiative text calls not only for a ban on the use of synthetic pesticides in agriculture, but also for a ban on importing foreign products that have been made using synthetic pesticides.
Less pesticides, more health

From a committee of citizens not part the political system. The committee is composed of people with very diverse profiles, such as a winegrower, a professor of soil biology at the University of Neuchâtel, entrepreneurs and business managers. (Their names can be found on the signature collection sheet and above.)
moins de pesticide plus de santé

The term pesticide in reality covers diverse products, such as herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and more. These products are used to destroy organismes that attack crops, such as molds, illnesses, weeds or pests. less pesticides, more health
less pesticides, more health

This initiative aims to ban synthetic pesticides, not all pesticides. Nicotine, produced by tobacco plants is not a synthetic pesticide. The Bordeaux mixture (copper sulphate) is not concerned either. Treatments used in organis farming would also not affected by this initiative. Neonicotinoids, on the other hand are synthetic pesticides. Their impact on the environment and in particular on pollinating insects (especially bees) has led the EU to make a partial moratorium on their use. In addition, France decided in September 2016 to ban them completely.
As an example, glyphosate would also be banned as targeted by the initiative. This herbicide has been the subject of many scientific works, and its use strongly questioned. Whether in France, Switzerland or Austria, many municipalities have decided to ban the use of this product for the maintenance of parks and public gardens.
Lastly, organochlorines, such as DDT for example, would be banned from use, as well as organophosphorus compounds, which are neurotoxic insecticides, for example, sarin gas.
less pesticides, more health

Natural pesticides are not targeted by the initiative. The goal is not to ban everyting, but to make a significant step towards reducing these toxic producs, for our health and for our environment.
less pesticides, more health

Fertilizers and other products that enrich the soil to stimulate crops are not subject to the ban. Therefore, the removal of synthetic pesticides will not prevent the growth of various crops.
less pesticides, more health

The question brings up dozens more, because the question of cost can not be summed up in one single point. The price of natural pesticides compared to synthetic pesticides is one of those. Equipment investments that can be acquired by farmers to replace the use of synthetic pesticides are another, as is the difference in time spent on these tasks. The costs must obviously be weighed against the savings generated by such a paradigm shift. The ecological cost will be drastically reduced, the positive impacts on public health make it possible to consider in the long term a reduction of non-contagious diseases, currently favored by carcinogenic pesticides, and thus to have a positive and lasting impact on the costs of healthcare. In the same way, as Switzerland is a country of innovation, this paradigm shift would provide real chances for development of chemical compounds and their metabolites, in the fields of ecotoxicology and bioindication, etc.
less pesticides, more health
Vrai
2.3 million tons of food are thrown away each year in Switzerland (source: OFS). Agricultural losses are estimated at 13%. They are mainly attributable to fruits and vegetables that are not harvested or sorted because they are too big, too small or unformed. In the processing industry, waste amounts to 30% and is mainly due to the sorting of lower quality goods. But the main losses are not related to retail trade (5%) and wholesale (2%), but to final consumption: 45% for consumers and 5% for catering. This massive food waste shows that the fear of food shortages is totally unfounded. On the contrary, the initiative may be a chance to think about optimizing resources and how we use them.
less pesticides, more health
Vrai
The Canton of Jura decided to reduce its use of pesticides by 50%. This shows that a clear change of practice is possible. But Switzerland is not the only country where the problem of synthetic pesticides is being reconsidered. In 2016, France decided to totally ban the use of neonicotinoids, namely the category of synthetic pesticides most widely used in agriculture. This ban will come into effect in September 2018, with a phase-in period until 2020.