Switzerland is famous for producing cheese. However, it now imports more cheese than it exports for the first time. This is because other countries can sell milk in Switzerland. It is difficult for Swiss farmers to compete with cheap, imported milk. Many farmers have given up. They cannot make money. This has decreased the quantity of cheese they make. Swiss farmers can only make enough cheese for their own population.
Swiss cheese is known for its high quality. It is often on the menu of restaurants. However, restaurants and supermarkets are replacing Swiss cheese with cheese from other countries. Switzerland is exporting less cheese, but the Swiss are eating more cheese than ever. Swiss people ate an average of 22.9 kg per person in 2022. A dairy farmer was sad. She said: "Cheese is a big part of life in Switzerland. We need our farms, and cheese."