Why come, in the Côtes-d’Armor and in Ille-et-Vilaine, to support Thierry Burlot’s candidacy for the regional? Is there a danger in waiting for a minister to come and help him?
Brittany is often presented as the first farm in France. It is a land of excellence, with transitions already underway. And I wanted to be alongside the candidate Thierry Burlot, who has a very clear vision of a nurturing Brittany based on a desire to continue these transitions without opposing production and the environment.
Is it really possible to move forward in this transition without opposing?
It is nonsense to want to oppose the two. No one cherishes the soil more than a farmer. We must support the transitions and this is a responsibility of the public authorities.
Environmentalists believe that it is not going fast enough.
I think there are two opposing visions of ecology. I believe in the ecology of reason. It is a determined ecology that requires investing in transitions. But it cannot be decreed. It is an investment. We must therefore talk about competitiveness, income statement. And living things are very complex. It is not white or black. The ecology of progress means putting political decisions back at the center, never in emotion, not in virtue but always in reason.
The Greens have abandoned the approach that Jaurès taught us: courage is going to the ideal and understanding the real. EELV does not have a vision of government ecology. When you govern, you have to take into account the reality of the citizens. EELV is an ecology of dogma and not an ecology of progress.
At the end of the five-year term, we will have doubled the organic surface of our country
Do you also support Thierry Burlot when he says that he is in favor of regionalization of the CAP? Because the government is opposed to it.
We all agree that public policies must be as close as possible to the field. But with regard to the CAP, the policies discussed at European level imply a framework at national level. Not regional. So regionalizing the first pillar is not possible under European rules. As for the second pillar, we have already regionalized non-area aid, particularly for young farmers.
Do you understand the anger of organic farmers at the new CAP? They criticize in particular the abolition of aid to those who have already converted.
Already, aid has increased by over 30% and it has not fallen by 66% as I can read sometimes, which is wrong. We go from 240 to 350 M €. Now there is a debate in the organic world. In this increase, should we put the package on maintenance aid or conversion? I say that we must put it on the conversion. Some do not accept it. But it is a necessity because today, we import 30% of our organic products in our country. Afterwards, for certain markets, certain segments, specific support is needed. However, I would like to mention that at the end of the five-year term, we will have doubled the organic surface of our country.
Regarding trade negotiations between farmers and mass distribution, an Egalim 2 law is in preparation. But it is already strongly contested. Will it one day be possible to guarantee better remuneration for farmers?
We must not forget that the remuneration of farmers is the mother of battles. What makes the hallmark of our agriculture is the quality of the products. But it is at odds with the price war. We have to get out of it. The Egalim 1 law allowed progress but it did not go to the end. We decided to put the book back on the job with this new bill which will be debated next week. The idea is first of all to protect the price of agricultural materials in order to get out of this fool’s game around trade relations. We must also move to multi-year contracting. Finally, there must be transparency on the margins.
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