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Skyrocketing food prices: This is what the Swiss parliament thinks will happen if Switzerland votes in favor of two agricultural initiatives in this weekend’s referendum. But proponents say consumers, animals, the environment and farmers would all benefit. Martina Fuchs talks to sustainability and law lecturer Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi from the University of Bern about what’s at stake.
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Hannah Wise
Business Update: Volatility is back with a vengeance
Are we being too emotional when it comes to trading? With volatility back this week on markets, how do we navigate these tense times? Business Update has more on this and the week’s other main financial headlines.
Martina Fuchs
Your home could pay for itself in this ecovillage of the future
Living in a neighborhood where residents are self-sufficient would not only help tackle climate change but also potentially help pay your mortgage, according to James Ehrlich, founder of ReGen Villages. A pilot project is planned for the Netherlands, where cars would also take a back seat.
Hannah Wise
What do you trust: words or numbers?
The Fed chair softened his rhetoric on interest rates, sparking tremendous movement on the markets. Business Update brings you the big stories of the week including that Fed announcement, G-20 anticipation and Swiss GDP surprises.
Olivia Chang
How much do the Swiss spend on Christmas gifts?
How much are you planning to spend on gifts this Christmas? And how early do the Swiss like to buy their presents?
Ana Maria Montero
Why workplace harassment against women is a double discrimination
Sexual violence and harassment at work is a double discrimination for women, as it’s the victim—not the perpetrator—who often ends up leaving their job. That’s the view of Rosa Logar, who helped set up Austria’s first women’s shelter. She spoke to us at a recent anti-violence summit in Bern.
Hannah Wise
Blockchain could be the “disruption of the disruption” at Swiss banks
Ahead of Investor Day at Credit Suisse, we’re putting the nation’s two biggest banks under the spotlight. ZKB’s Javier Lodeiro says it’s an “amazing time” to be a banking analyst and that blockchain technology could be the “disruption of the disruption” when it comes to the Swiss banking giants.
Martina Fuchs
Are the “big three” diseases making a comeback?
Doctors call them “the big three”: malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. These diseases account for 10 percent of all deaths worldwide. Seth Berkley, CEO of Geneva-based vaccine alliance Gavi, warns of more viruses to come: “We will see with evolutionary certainty more outbreaks in the future.”
Hannah Wise
Business Update: Bitcoin falling, political games in Italy and trading volumes in Switzerland
BlackRock warns that Italy is playing a political game when it comes to its budget, and the Bitcoin Association Switzerland cautions the sell-off may not yet be over. Also: Find out why the CEO of Six Group is so relaxed about market access.
Martina Fuchs
Why Switzerland is on thin ice over global warming despite early snow
Swiss ski resorts like Verbier are already open on weekends after early-season snow in the Alps. However, experts like Pam Pearson of the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative, warn that the world is facing an irreversible tipping point over global warming.
Hannah Wise
Forget the latest rankings—Switzerland is still innovative
Innovation is an industry, and business is booming—that’s according to our expert this week on Corporate Switzerland. Leadership coach Lisa Christen travels the country meeting Swiss companies and tells us why we are still succeeding.
Hannah Wise
Business Update: A wrap-up of the week’s top financial stories
This week: As Brexit chaos continues, @fredericlelievrecnn explains why, from a Swiss point of view, we should be jealous of the negotiations. Plus: Is the oil price situation a catastrophe?
Ana Maria Montero
How perpetrators of domestic violence use money as a weapon
Denying victims access to money is one way that perpetrators of domestic abuse can use finances to control their partner. This was highlighted at a national conference in Bern as Switzerland looks to implement the Istanbul Convention, which aims to combat different types of violence against women. 
Ana Maria Montero
IBM and Medgate creating chatbot to help diagnose your aches and pains
Artificial intelligence is being used to connect patients with treatment, a development made possible by Europe’s largest telemedicine provider and IBM’s research lab in Rüschlikon. According to Andy Fischer, CEO of Medgate, this type of automation is vital to keeping health care costs down.
Hannah Wise
Business Update: A wrap-up of the week’s top financial stories
This week: The political and economic impact of the U.S. midterm elections, a fall from grace for Swiss asset manager GAM, and how Swiss businesses are cashing in on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
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