Board of Trustees and Managing Director at the Swiss Organic Foundation
The Bio-Stiftung Schweiz is a non-profit, operational initiative foundation to promote environmentally friendly products and sustainable consumer behavior. We are convinced that independent action, cooperation between trustworthy and competent partners and enthusiasm for innovation can significantly advance truly sustainable development.
The organic industry has changed and developed enormously in recent years. More and more people want food in organic quality, that is, from a production that works without synthetic pesticides, artificial nitrogen fertilizers and other external additives. It is becoming increasingly clear that many of the substances used in industrial agriculture have negative side effects on the health of people and nature. The growth rates of the global trade in organic products are a gratifying reality. The enormous increase in demand presents the organic sector with the challenge of keeping its promise of sustainable food production even under increased pressure: This includes securing and developing soil fertility, protecting biodiversity, careful use of resources and, finally, new forms of social design and of economic activity. In order to guarantee sufficient access to healthy food in the future, our food system must be fundamentally transformed and redesigned. We participate in this existentially important development process by designing and implementing our own projects, collaborations and funding.
In addition, we offer interested parties the opportunity to set up earmarked funds within our foundation so that they do not have to set up and manage their own legal entity. We can operate worldwide, realize projects and allocate funds. We were not founded with a large fortune, but finance our activities through donations, bequests and fundraising.