Agricultural subventions, increased milk production at dropping prices, combined with free-trade agreements in agriculture and
food production between the EU and Switzerland – all of this burdens undermines the economic survival of Swiss farmers. More and
more small farms dissolve and several cases of suicide became known.
While some agricultural businesses seek recourse in industrialization, others venture into market niches: water buffalos, zebus,
bison, kangaroos, ostriches, silk worms, shrimps, cashmere goats, lamas and camels. Some farmers have already established
themselves in this market, while others are venturing into these alternatives. Next to the economic state of affairs, the love for
the animals is a central concern.
Will Swiss temperament survive the farming of exotic animals? Are we witnessing the birth of a new Swiss agriculture?