French Presidential candidates Yannick Jadot and Emmanuel Macron each visited farms this Friday. The opportunity gave them the chance to reaffirm their proposals to support organic farming.
Emmanuel Macron (En Marche!) and Yannick Jadot (The Greens) visited farmers this Friday, in Indre-et-Loire for the first, in Ille-et-Vilaine for the second. Both have expressed their willingness to help farmers, notably by helping the organic market grow considerably over the next five years.
The environmentalist candidate, who could soon join forces with Benoît Hamon , believes that “it is this agriculture that works today”. “It has to be strengthened … it has to come out of the militant fight to show how rational it is from a social point of view, and magnificent from an environmental and taste point of view.”
To allow organic farming to develop, Yannick Jadot intends to lead collective catering to use exclusively raw materials derived from production. “This model must be at the heart of public policy. We want to ensure that 100% of the collective catering needs to go into organic or local peasant agriculture,” he said.
A Viewpoint shared by Emmanuel Macron
For Emmanuel Macron, the transition to organic is also inevitable. But the founder of “En Marche!” sees things differently, and wants the transition to take place gradually.
“I have made a commitment to have 50% in the collective catering of products that come from biological, ecological and local farming. Some would like more, but it is already a very strong commitment.This concerns all collective restorations, public and private, such as canteens, hospitals restaurants,” he explained.
The previous day, the former Minister of Economy had already presented his environmental vision, during a visit to the premises of the NGO WWF, the Global Fund for Narcissus. Emmanuel Macron then explained that the development of organic agriculture in the collective catering was “an ambitious and realistic objective” which allows to “reconcile the productive model, the objectives in terms of food” of France and “elements of biodiversity” .