Ecological performance record

The state supports each farmer who fulfils the criteria for the ecological performance record (ÖLN) – the Swiss standard for environmentally sound agriculture – with direct payments. Today, almost 100% of Switzerland’s meat is produced in accordance with the ÖLN. The most important requirements:

  • Species-appropriate farming
  • Balanced use of fertilisers
  • Strict crop rotation
  • Ecological compensation areas
  • Appropriate soil protection measures

Furthermore, Switzerland specifically promotes:

  • Biodiversity in agricultural areas
  • Animal-friendly husbandry
  • The sustainable use of summer grazing pastures