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Isabelle Bannerman  Main focus: News and journalism in the digital age, society, Swiss abroad. Initials: ib

What’s the best way to combat the environmental impact of intensive animal farming?

In Switzerland, citizens have sided with the majority of Swiss farmers and said no to a proposed “factory farming” initiative.

In the months before the vote, campaigners had argued that the proposal would give added dignity to farm animals and help Swiss agriculture to adapt to the global fight against climate change.

A majority of farmers, led by the Swiss Farmers’ Federation, fought against what they saw as an unfair attack on them, all in the name of achieving a wider societal goal of cutting down on meat consumption.

Do you agree or disagree with the vote results? Do you see a connection between animal farming and environmental impacts? Why or why not? And what could be other solutions?

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