Common wheat (Triticum aestivum).

I walk by this field on my way to work, and like to monitor the progress of the crops.

In this post, I don't want to get into a discussion about things such as farm subsidies, especially when they've been a lot of reforms here. Maybe in later posts, when I've gathered more data on Swiss numbers. One thing is clear, Swiss farms are disappearing and in order to stay competitive, many are turning to the nische market of organic (Bio is what it's called here) goods.

According to data from 2010 (via swissinfo)
Total number of farms: 59'065
(back in 1990: 125'274)
Of those, number that are organic farms: 5'659
Number of people working in agriculture: 166'722
(4.3% of the population)
Value of goods and services produced by the Swiss agricultural sector: CHF 10.8 billion.

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