Swiss farmers play a leading role in the development of organic farming. Indeed, shortly after Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1924) founded biodynamic agriculture, farms in Switzerland took up his methods. In the 1940s, Dr. Hans Müller developed the organic-biological method, and firmly established the concept of sustainable organic agriculture with closed cycles in crop production. In 1974, far-sighted researchers formed the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), with the mission of underpinning scientifically the observations made by the organic farming pioneers.
The modern era of organic agriculture began in 1981 with the founding of the Association of the Swiss Organic Agriculture Organisations (Bio Suisse). The first common standards on organic farming methods were adopted in 1981. The common logo, the "Bud” (German: Knospe) label, was created at the same time.
The Swiss organic market and Bio Suisse have experienced vigorous growth over recent years. Today some 5850 Swiss organic farms are certified to Bio Suisse standards (representing 10% of all Swiss farms). Representative surveys show: More than 60% of the Swiss are already aware of the Bud label.