The advertising Migros makes gluschtig: Soon Alpschweine of the Alp Manegorio in Airolo, TI, are again on offer. The Migros reported in the Ticino-edition of your newspaper on the 9th. September. Garnish the report is meadows with a picture of pigs in the middle of green, juicy.

The offer to convince the consumer: Who is deeper in the bag, can be a pig to eat meat without a guilty Conscience. The meat of the Alpschweine is indeed more expensive, the animals feel on the Alp compared to those in conventional Farms in the valley like a pig in shit.

But villagers from Airolo report Of the Alp Manegorio blows for years, a terrible stench to the village – in addition, the river Ticino, which runs under the Alp through on the foaming after rain, respectively. Typical sign of a water pollution. “This can’t be sustainable!”, so the Tenor in the village.

Dead worms, disgusting stench

in fact, a site visit shows that The in the Migros expensive sold Alpschweine mess up the nature all around, the Alp Manegorio solid. So, the willow has become a crater in the landscape. Dotted with ponds. A cemetery of worms. The smell of pork, even though pigs have already been gone for weeks.

Along the streams in the vicinity of the willow grow Blacken thousands of. An aggressive Weed that grows in case with fertilizers, contaminated soil particularly well and with herbicides needs to be tackled. The Alp-dream – a nightmare!

And this is mainly on account of the Linus Silvestri AG Lüchingen SG. You sold the Alpschweine, which are fattened on the Alp Manegorio. And you are vehemently against criticism of the pig fatteners on site.

No wonder: The St. Gallen supplier is allowed to give his pig fatteners the brand “Linus Silvestri® Alpschwein” if they comply with the IP-Suisse guidelines. The IP-Suisse seal of approval puts special emphasis on pet-friendly attitude, but also on a sustainable and environmentally friendly production and the promotion of biodiversity.

marketers certified pig fatteners yourself

the producers would have to follow, but, among other things, the following corporate policies: Silvestri-Alpschweine may only be kept there, where cow’s milk cheese is. It may not be kept, also pigs on the Alp as the cows that graze there.

And: Only the whey, a by-product obtained during the cheese manufacture, may be fed to the pigs. Also, the pigs must have a dry place.

Add to this the recommendations of the research Institute of organic agriculture (Fibl) for the keeping of free-pigs. The Fibl is financed for the largest part of the Federal government and the cantons.

There it is: free-range pigs should have annual pastures to changing locations to avoid Erosion and over-fertilization. In addition, pig pastures have to be in places with a greater slope than ten degrees avoided.

Too many pigs in too small of space

On the Alp Manegorio is nothing observed of which: Here are kept for years to a lot of Alpschweine on to a small space and on a steep pasture. In addition, whey from two further Alps is hingekarrt. Nevertheless, the Linus Silvestri AG has awarded the operation of the Alpschwein – and IP-Suisse certificate.

The company tolerates that here on just a hectare of Land 240 Alpschweine be held. On an Alp, to a maximum of 70 cows may be kept. Not the space per animal is too small, but the ratio of their faeces and urine to the Size of the surface is exceeded by at least four times.

The consequences: The once-green Alp today is over-fertilized a desert of stone and the floors. This has nothing to do with the picture, with the Migros in the newspaper advertising.

Also, the exception permit marketers granted myself

From the environment of sin in Airolo addressed, responds to the Linus Silvestri AG first of all, sensitive. Everything was in best order, says managing Director Remo Ackermann. There is no water pollution or Eutrophication. “The urinary and Kotanfall the Alpschweine is so low that a washing Away of the manure can be excluded,” says Executive Committee member Jacob Spring. In addition, going sown on the Alp in the autumn of each Weed.

And anyway: The Swiss animal protection (STS) and the Canton would control the operation on a regular basis.

Indeed, the Swiss animal is excited protection. “The Silvestri alpschwein attitude is for us from the standpoint of animal husbandry, a great app!”, Sybille Kauer from the control service of the STS says. But also from an ecological point of view there is nothing against so many Alpschweine objection. Also: “When pigs from environmental reasons, to be locked in stables, which is a problematic development,” says Kauer. You should not play the animal protection against water protection.

Against IP guidelines, failed to

in fact, infringe on the pasture but also in animal husbandry against IP-Suisse guidelines. So only a fraction of the Alpschweine finds a berth in the old barn adjacent to the pasture. The rest of the animals to hole up in case of rain or strong sunlight under a plastic tarp on the marsh-like soil of the pasture. IP-Suisse writes pro in front of the berth, however, to 0.6 square metres of dry and scattered area.

The STS has identified the lack of space both in 2017, 2018 as well as this year. Just had the never to serious consequences. The Label IP-Suisse has never been questioned. But also, the Canton has intervened in the past few years, in spite of the protection of water bodies from violations never.

the Canton of responding to the research

it was Only when a VIEW Mauro Veronesi, head of the office for water protection in the Canton of Ticino, with images and data of the Alp faced, comes to a sudden movement in the case.

“We have determined at a meeting that there are problems with Eutrophication and the progressive Erosion of the Alp Manegorio,” says Veronesi. You have asked a question of the producers to take for the next year measures to fix the problems. “On the one hand, the location must be changed for the spout and not allowed to be on the steep places.”

Also, there probably will not so many pigs on the Alp to be Fattened are placed. This, in order to get the Eutrophication in the handle. “Structural measures need to be taken to ensure that water can not be polluted,” said Veronesi.

Linus Silvestri AG promises improvement

And now it sounds even with the Linus Silvestri AG, a totally different view. On these new pads from Canton addressed, there is suddenly nothing more in order. “On the one hand, the manure box for this number of pigs is too small, also the terrain is not suitable because of the risk of Erosion,” says Spring, now meekly to VIEW. Managing Director of Remo Ackermann pushes the blame for these abuses, but in the Canton continues: “We assumed that you control it correctly and on a regular basis.”

Nevertheless, the company promises: You will give on the basis of this VIEW-Search for all 65 Alpschwein, the producers of the new guidelines out. “In the future, we require all pig fatteners, that you will provide us with extra proof from Canton, confirmed that the water protection laws are complied with.” And Ackermann shows a bit self-critical: “Perhaps we have given to the protection of water bodies, so far to little weight.”

Good business with Alpschweinen

every Year, the Linus Silvestri AG sold alone 3000 Alpschweine to customers such as Coop, Migros and Spar. 65 producers deliver animals to the company. Per the Alp held an average of 60 pigs. The producer on the Alp Manegorio in Airolo, TI is with the 240 animals is by far the largest supplier of Alpschweinen for the company.

producers earn on Alpschweinen, depending on the market prices for conventional pig up to a franc more per Kilo. And have a guaranteed minimum price of five francs per Kilo took, no matter how low the market price for conventional meat drops. The average price per kilo for slaughter pigs is 2019 4.33 Swiss francs. Pigs are slaughtered at a weight of around 95 pounds. (fr)