La Plateforme pour une agriculture socialement durable (the Platform for socially sustainable agriculture in Switzerland) includes organisations of agricultural producers, unions, consumer associations and organizations for the defense of migrants and other individuals.
The Platform contracted two young historians, Gilles Bourquin and Jan Chiarelli, to investigate the world of agricultural work. These researchers undertook a comparative study based on nine cantons and covering the period 2000 to 2018. They started by examining the working conditions of agricultural workers, the majority of whom are immigrants and represent more than 25 % of the Swiss agricultural labour force.
But this is not all. Their study then looked at the social and economic problems of farmers : debt, low prices for products, and the rôle of the big distribution networks. The study reveals the unattractive reality of our agricultural system and the conditions of life of all those who work day in day out to produce our food.
Introduction by Anne-Catherine Menétrey-Savary
Published in two langages : French and German