Agricultural areas

Decrease in agricultural areas in favour of settlement and forests

With an area of 14 525 km² and a share of 36% of the national territory, agricultural land represents the largest of the four main categories of land use. Natural meadows and home pastures as well as alpine farming areas each account for a good third of all agricultural land, while arable land accounts for 27%. Orchards, vineyards and horticulture account for only 3% of agricultural areas.
Between 1985 and 2018, agriculture in Switzerland lost land roughly twice the size of Lake Geneva: at lower altitudes to new settlements, in the mountains to forests. Recently, an acceleration of this development has been observed.

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