In Switzerland, referendums are commonplace, and one of the most recent ones – a multi-faceted proposal for a constitutional change — was especially pertinent to agriculture. With a 78 per cent tally in favour, this referendum was positioned as a prescription for a portion of the country’s agricultural ills, social concerns and economic challenges. Perhaps the biggest win for farmers is the referendum’s import-export provision, which gives Switzerland the right to demand similar high standards in those countries they buy from, and keeps the door open for those they sell to.

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