The Swiss parliament wants the federal government to promote the consumption of locally grown vegetables and fruits. Following the National Council, the Council of States also approved a motion by National Councilor Benjamin Roduit (center/VS) on Monday by 21 votes to 16 with 2 abstentions.
Overweight and obesity were among the main public health problems in Switzerland, Roduit had justified the advance in the large chamber. According to a study in 2012, the diseases that would result had caused direct and indirect costs of almost eight billion francs.
Roduit also saw his demand as a contribution to the fight against climate change. The trend from the pandemic period to consume local vegetables and fruits from the region should be used, he said.
A relatively narrow majority in the Council of States was also of this opinion, in contrast to the Federal Council. Health Minister Alain Berset resisted the order in vain. The concern had been fulfilled. Much had already been done, he said. "It's enough, we don't need an additional push."
Consumers have long known "what they have to do," Jakob Stark (SVP/TG) seconded him unsuccessfully on behalf of the minority of the Council of States. The Federal Council must now make an additional commitment.