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More Than a Third of Switzerland Is Agricultural Land

Mountainous country trails neighbors as it seeks self-sufficiency in food

More than a third of Switzerland is farmland, but that falls short of most other European nations: take neighboring Germany and France, where about half of the total area is agricultural land. Because of the prevalence of mountains and lakes, a quarter of the country is unsuitable for settlements and farming. Swiss voters are set to pass a proposal on Sunday that anchors food self-sufficiency in the constitution.

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