The particular topology of Switzerland, a mountain and pasture country, has profoundly shaped the technical orientation of Swiss agriculture, mainly dedicated to animal, dairy and fodder production. Its relatively low rate of self-sufficiency in plant food (37%) is directly related to this. Under these conditions, does Switzerland really need synthetic pesticides, knowing that a large part of its territory (70%), the grasslands, does not use them most of the time.
The useful agricultural area (UAA) cultivated in organic agriculture already represents 14.4% of the total UAA. There are no significant differences between organic and conventional agriculture in terms of crop types. All conventional agricultural production is represented in organic agriculture, from cereals to potatoes, vegetables and fruit trees. Average yields are only 20% lower on average.
Under these conditions, there are no insurmountable technical obstacles or unacceptable yields that prevent us from doing without synthetic pesticides in Switzerland within the 10-year period allowed by the initiative.