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No pesticide-free Switzerland

On 13 June 2021, the people of Switzerland voted on two popular initiatives that aimed to introduce stricter pesticide policies. Both initiatives were rejected, but the political and societal debate led to large changes in governmental and industry policies.

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Fig. 1: Voting results at municipality level.


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Finger, R. No pesticide-free Switzerland. Nat. Plants 7, 1324–1325 (2021).

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