Regional instead of global: From the perspective of the SVP this is the recipe to stop the climate warming. “We need to produce local food, while house-building carpenters and masons from the Region,” said party President Albert Rösti (51) in a recent Interview in the “Tages-Anzeiger”. With this national priority, he wants to reduce the CO2 emissions.

It is not the first Time that Rösti is in favour of this path. However, you can save an Apple from the farmer next door instead of South Africa the climate? Numerous studies show that really. In the case of some vegetable and fruit varieties, the regional product can even lead to higher CO2 consumption as the imported. The Federal Council notes in its report on agricultural policy for the next years that greenhouse gas emissions “could also be used with less domestic production and increased Import” is reduced.

the greenhouse climate can be more damaging than Transport

One such example is tomatoes are – according to the carrot is the second most popular vegetable in Switzerland. According to a study of the ETH tomatoes are in may, June and October, from nearby, warmer countries like Italy and Spain even more climate-friendly than those from Switzerland. Because the Heat of the Swiss greenhouse with Oil or Gas is CO2-intensive than the Transport with the truck. Outside of the season it may make sense, on top of the tomato from way back access.

the Apple is the most popular fruit in this country, you eat not always with the purest of climate Conscience, if he is coming from here: given, also, the storage-induced emissions, the CO2 balance is worse than in the case of imported fruits. The following principle applies: the longer the advantage is stored, the smaller.

Better if the Apple falls far from the tree?

The CO2 footprint of an Apple, which was flown in from Overseas, and depending on the account for about a quarter to a third greater than that of a local Apple.

In comparison, The transport path from the Loading to the fruit bowl at home makes according to the Vegi-organization Swissveg around 40 per cent of the footprint. So it can be climate-friendly, Cycling to the corner Shop to buy an Apple from new Zealand than to ride the car to the farm to get Swiss Apples.

Even in the case of sugar you have to watch out for

, A calculation of the Myclimate Foundation, even in the case of sugar to a surprising result: A Kilo of organic sugar of Max Havelaar from Paraguay that came with the ship to Europe, causing much less greenhouse gas emissions than a Kilo of sugar from Switzerland. This is because the South American sugar produced from sugar cane, our sugar is extracted from sugar beet. The sugar beet cultivation is much more CO2 intensive, as well as the manufacture of sugar from the beets.

The Problem: Today, many no longer know how sugar is produced and how it arrives in Switzerland. As a product in the Store, usually only can be seen, where it comes from – but not exactly how it was produced and how it came into the Shop – it is often difficult, the CO2 footprint estimate.

CO2-Label required

BDP national councillor Hans Grunder (63) wants to help the consumer. He has recently submitted a parliamentary motion calling for the introduction of a CO2 label. So as fridges and washing machines, sticks, an energy label is to be used, the CO2 Label in the case of foodstuffs: “By this simple measure, an incentive is created to buy CO2-poor foods,” says Grunder. In addition, it would promote the local production – at least if the domestic product climate is also really friendly than the counterpart from abroad.