Federal Council opposes initiative without making a counterproposal

The Federal Council is opposing the popular initiative on food security. It is not putting forward any indirect counterproposal. Its scheme for resource-efficient food production and sustainable consumption failed to achieve a majority consensus during the consultation process.

The Federal Council is opposing the popular initiative on food security. It is not putting forward any indirect counterproposal. Its scheme for resource-efficient food production and sustainable consumption failed to achieve a majority consensus during the consultation process. The Federal Council is opposing the initiative on food security. By requesting a referendum, the Swiss Farmers' Union wants to enshrine a new article in Switzerland's constitution that would make domestic production the primary source of food supply in the country. The initiative demands measures to stop agricultural land being lost and implementation of a new agricultural quality strategy. However, the Federal Council believes that the security of food supplies and the level of agricultural output in Switzerland are already very high. It aims to use planning legislation to safeguard agricultural land.

No majority consensus on counterproposal

The Federal Council is refraining from putting forward an indirect counterproposal to the Swiss Farmers' Union's popular initiative after its own extensive scheme failed to achieve a majority consensus during the consultation process that started in January 2015. Several cantons, most political parties and representatives of the farming industry and environmental associations rejected the counterproposal.

The initiative is likely to be put to a referendum during winter 2015/2016.