on agriculture and meals, the “union minimum” of the packages | EUROtoday

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Jordan Bardella visits a farm in Chuelles, Loiret, on June 14, 2024.

Forgotten the agricultural disaster at the beginning of 2024? Forgotten the commitments to make agriculture the nation's precedence? In the specific marketing campaign which is being performed out for the early legislative elections of June 30 and July 7, the agricultural points are lowered to the naked minimal: a dozen factors in this system of the New Popular Front (NFP) – essentially the most developed –, 4 measures in that of the National Rally (RN), and solely three proposals (together with two already initiated) within the leaflet of the outgoing majority, Together for the Republic. “It’s very light, it’s the union minimum, it gives the impression that there is a desire not to expose oneself, not to take blows on divisive subjects”feedback Ronan Groussier, head of agriculture throughout the Climate Action Network (RAC).

“It's surprising that the subject is so discreet after the major agricultural mobilizations this winter”, agrees Mathieu Courgeau, vice-president of the Nourrir associative collective. The collective, which examined the events' proposals, recognized a typical thread in all of the packages – the institution of flooring costs, taken up with completely different nuances by the three most important blocs, regardless of sturdy inner opposition in sure events -, and a completely absent topic: set up and transmission, whereas a 3rd of farmers should retire within the coming years.

On the RN facet, the measures put ahead are primarily food-related: a “Let’s eat French” plan, which goals to attain 80% French merchandise served in class canteens in 2027, and an obligation to label the origin of merchandise. , already partly utilized. “The ambition is weak: school canteens are just a pinnacle of the meals consumed in France”observes Benoît Granier, meals specialist on the RAC, who recollects that collective catering solely considerations 5% to six% meals taken, and faculty canteens even much less, from 2% to three%. The RN doesn’t provide something for mass distribution and makes no dedication to favor merchandise with high quality or natural labels. » On labeling, the dedication is simply as obscure: would it not concern processed merchandise, out-of-home catering? The RN can also be against Nutriscore dietary labeling and silent on environmental show, the scope of the measure appears restricted.

“Agro-industrial model”

The RN, which presents itself as a celebration anchored in rurality, has in actuality invested little or no in agricultural points. “In the outgoing legislature, he took very few initiatives on the subject”, notes Ronan Groussier. It was vital for farmers to mobilize at the beginning of the yr for the RN to attract up a invoice tabled in April on international interference within the repurchases of agricultural land and a fee of inquiry into the “lack of meals sovereignty of the France”, launched simply after MPs had already labored on European meals sovereignty.

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