All eyes, at least from the agricultural world, will be fixed on Besançon on March 30th, the site of the “solemn speech” of presidential candidates during the FNSEA National Congress… Your reaction?
This is a real chance. I am very glad that in such an ecological city as Besançon, the issue of agriculture is being raised. This is very important, this will be the moment of the implementation of democracy. I find it fascinating to see how the main themes perceive each other.
It is urban agriculture that is a hot local topic with Vaites market gardening…
I have no problem with Waites. This sector will be devoted to agriculture. This is confirmed and will be final. The horticulture sector is important. We are not going to make grain fields in the middle of cities. But gardening, we need it. It is the townspeople who have this proximity to the agricultural world. The question is to know where it occupies its place and what is the economic stake.
“Protection of agricultural land in urban and suburban areas”
In cities and in the perimeter, now extended to agglomerations…
You know the fights I’m fighting to protect agricultural land in urban and semi-urban areas, like the fact that I don’t agree with a supermarket settling on agricultural land. Like in Piraeus. We must think very carefully at a time when we have less and less agricultural land. When we want to make road equipment or install car parks, we work on the most interesting lands that are on our territory.
“Businesses need to reduce their impact on the ground”
But how do you reconcile land conservation with agricultural value and economic development?
The state and region require that they be inventoried to ensure that the decisions that are made are compatible with the climate energy plan. Sometimes we have conflicting rules. One frame says that we must protect agricultural land, the other says that we need economic development. They neutralize each other and no one advances! I want us to do an inventory and then an objective choice, and that this will lead us to rethink both the economic model of agriculture and the economic model of areas of activity. Who should reduce their impact on the earth. It is important for me to keep the added value of agriculture in the territory. Support agriculture that guarantees health, water and soil quality. This is a systematic approach, an ecological approach.
Environmentalists have always said, we need product quality, this is good, but also environmental quality too. Then there is the issue of glyphosate and all the inputs. FNSEA delegates come to Franche-Comté where the rivers are very bad. We must work together. I remember very well the work done with the Chrono Environment Lab, which looked at all the pasture practices and showed that there is a certain amount of soil in the back that is in the process of dying. And that, as a result, the quality of milk was lower. That’s what’s interesting.