On Sunday, Swiss voters rejected a trio of environmental proposals, including a new law aimed at assisting the country in meeting its carbon emission reduction targets under the Paris Climate Agreement.
A new CO2 regulation was barely defeated in a nationwide referendum held under the country’s direct democracy system, with 51.6 percent of voters opposing it.
The Swiss government, which supported the new law, which included measures such as raising the fee on car gasoline and imposing a levy on airline tickets, was defeated as a result.
A plan to make Switzerland the world’s second country to outright ban artificial pesticides was also rejected, as did a proposal to restrict their usage by transferring subsidies to farmers who no longer employed the chemicals.
Pesticides were connected to health hazards, according to supporters, while opponents said that a ban would result in higher food prices, job losses in the Swiss food processing industry, and a greater reliance on imports.
Syngenta and Bayer, both agrochemical companies, were pleased with the outcome.
“It’s a clear vote in favor of a resource-efficient, productive agriculture,” Bayer added.
Separate referendums supporting a temporary measure offering financial assistance to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and a bill giving police greater powers to combat terrorism received 60 percent and 57 percent approval, respectively.