Bio invaders – swissinfo

Hundreds of worms, fungi and insect species are threatening to invade Switzerland’s ecosystem. To prevent this, fruit and vegetable deliveries are kept under quarantine, until parasites can be ruled out. The procedure can take a couple of days – too long for perishable products. A new tool promises to speed things up. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Rare breeds on show – swissinfo

Worldwide, one breed of domestic farm animal dies out every month – a consequence of intensive farming. In Switzerland only a fifth of the known indigenous species still exist today. Since 1982 Pro Specie Rara – the Swiss association for the protection of rare breeds – has been fighting to keep these animals alive. (Michele Andina, swissinfo.ch)
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Farming adventure – swissinfo

A social anthropologist from West Africa has been touring Swiss alpine farms to learn how they function, and what strategies the farmers use to cope. He hopes his findings will help to address farming problems back home. The trip was organised by Switzerland’s National Centre of Competence in Research NCCR North-South. (Julie Hunt, swissinfo.ch)
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Fish from the pig sty – swissinfo

Eating fish is becoming increasingly popular. Currently only one in twenty fish eaten in Switzerland is actually produced here. That’s not enough for some customers who want to avoid overfishing the oceans. And foreign fish farms often lack transparency in their production methods. Researchers and breeders are now working on new concepts of how to increase domestic fish production. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Potatoes for North Korea – swissinfo

As in Switzerland, most farmland in North Korea is in mountainous areas. But the analogy between the two countries stops there. To feed its population North Korea needs help from the outside world: Switzerland has taught North Koreans how to cultivate a sturdy type of potato. Scenes from a country rarely accessible to Western media. (SF 10vor10/swissinfo.ch)
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Abbey power plant – swissinfo

Einsiedeln Abbey is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Switzerland. Its monks are the owners of the largest private commercial forest in the country. For over a thousand years the Benedictines have taken good care of it, and they have ambitious projects for the future. (Raffaella Rossello, swissinfo.ch)

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Generational change – swissinfo

The Rauber family live in the Onsernone valley – an isolated part of southern Switzerland. Besides a long arduous trek to get to the family farm, photographer Fabian Stamm had to win the Rauber’s trust before he could take pictures to document their mountain life. Family patriarch Filippo Rauber speaks at the beginning, setting the scene. This swissinfo.ch report was done in collaboration with the journalism school, MAZ, in Lucerne.
Vodpod videos no longer available.