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'Sovereign food' initiative

Fact check Does Switzerland produce half of all the food it needs?

So says the government as it tries to convince voters to reject a proposal calling for greater ethical standards in food production. Is it right?

Point of view Sovereign food initiative: a vision with costly consequences

The sovereign food initiative proposes severe regulations with negative consequences for producers and consumers, writes Regine Sauter.

Point of view Sovereign food initiative: support your local farmers

The initiative for food sovereignty strengthens direct trade between farmers and consumers, write Ulrike Minkner and Mathias Stalder.

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'Fair food' initiative

Fact check Does Switzerland produce half of all the food it needs?

So says the government as it tries to convince voters to reject a proposal calling for greater ethical standards in food production. Is it right?

Vote September 23, 2018 Initiative aims to tighten food checks and balances

A 'fair food' initiative calling for the production of more ethical food comes to a nationwide vote on September 23.

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Promoting bicycle infrastructure

September 23, 2018 ballot Swiss to vote on enshrining cycling in the constitution

Promote bike transport and build suitable infrastructure: this is the objective of a proposal to enshrine cycle paths in the Swiss constitution.

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About 5.3 million Swiss citizens, including registered members of the Swiss Abroad community, were eligible to take part in the September 23, 2018 ballot.

Votes on a broad range of issues, as well as elections, also took place in many cantons and municipalities across the country.

It was the third of four nationwide ballots this year.

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Explore 600 national votes How direct democracy has grown over the decades

The number of issues put to vote has increased considerably since the 1970s. The graphics present more than 600 nationwide votes since 1848.

Direct democracy What’s a people’s or citizens’ initiative?

Swiss citizens can either propose legislation of their own, or work to defeat legislation already approved by parliament.

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