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Organic soybean production in Switzerland

Klaiss, Matthias; Schmid, Nathaniel; Betrix, Claude-Alain; Baux, Alice; Charles, Raphael and Messmer, Monika (2020) Organic soybean production in Switzerland. Oilseeds & fats Crops and Lipids, 27 (64), p. 110.

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Organic Soybean cultivation experiences an upscale at the moment in Switzerland. As in the rest of Europe, Switzerland is still heavily dependent on protein imports. After years of stakeholders efforts of the development of a value chain for organic soybeans for human nutrition, various attempts to develop the soybean cultivation for feed proved to be fruitful despite the fact that Swiss price level is beyond competition for world market prices. The organic farmers themselves decided to become, at least partially, more independent from overseas soybean imports by opting for organic soybeans of European origin since 2019. Furthermore, Bio Suisse decided that from 2022 on, all ruminants under Bio Suisse certification must be fed with feed of Swiss origin, concentrates are limited to 5% of the ration. Since many years numerous projects are carried out to increase the domestic protein production by developing suitable production systems for peas, faba beans, lupines and soybeans with stakholders along the value chain. Since more than 30 years, Swiss breeders successfully develop 00 to 000 soybean varieties with a focus on human nutrition, organic soybean cultivation and the respective value chains from breeding to endproduct is developing strongly. This article will shed light on particular aspects and drivers, specific measures, relevant projects and cultivation techniques of organic soybean production in Switzerland in the past years and will give an outlook on the future of organic soybeans.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:organic, soybean, Switzerland, domestic protein production, legumes, Department of Crop Sciences, Department of Soil Sciences, FiBL20061, FiBL55240, Diverimpacts, LegumesTranslated, Legvalue, Abacus
Agrovoc keywords:
oil crops
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Production systems > Cereals, pulses and oilseeds
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Switzerland
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Crops > Anbautechnik
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Crops > Arable crops > Legumes
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Crops > Seeds and breeding > Varitey testing
European Union > Horizon 2020 > Diverimpacts
European Union > Horizon 2020 > Legvalue
Related Links:https://www.fibl.org/en/themes/projectdatabase/projectitem/project/1600.html, https://www.fibl.org/en/themes/projectdatabase/projectitem/project/1053.html, https://www.diverimpacts.net, https://www.legumestranslated.eu/, http://www.legvalue.eu/
Deposited By: Klaiss, Matthias
ID Code:38706
Deposited On:09 Dec 2020 13:27
Last Modified:28 Jan 2021 17:19
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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