In four years of existence, this is the first time that the Avenir Santé Environnement association has organized a demonstration to demand a “real agricultural transition and exit of pesticides”. More than 300 people (about 500 according to the organizers) responded to the call, this Saturday afternoon, in front of the Tour Saint-Nicolas, in La Rochelle. At 3:00 p.m., the activists set off along the Quai du Gabut, then the Quai Valin, in the direction of the Prefecture.
An alternative to prosulfocarb, under study
This march was also an opportunity for Franck Rinchet-Girollet, one of the spokespersons for Avenir Santé Environnement, to recall that on July 27, the Ministry of Agriculture rejected the moratorium (requested by the Community of Agglomeration of La Rochelle) against Prosulfocarb, that herbicide that worries the residents of the Aunis plain so much
This Friday, December 2, Marc Fesneau, Minister of Agriculture, correctly responded to the La Rochelle agglomeration Community, about this pesticide found in record rates in the air of the Aunis plain, in 2021. The Minister specified that he had asked Inrae (National Institute for Research in Agriculture, Food and the Environment), a report on a non-chemical alternative to prosulfocarb. A study that will be known in early 2023.
For a comprehensive agricultural transition
Marie Ligonnière, mayoress of Périgny and vice-president in charge of participatory democracy in the Community of Agglomeration, doubts the reaction of the ministry. She has been committed to these issues since the beginning of her tenure, she expects much more from the state. “You can’t just stop using a single pesticide after one study. It is a comprehensive transition that must be initiated.” For her, the commitment of locally elected officials is not enough and the State must deploy financial means for a true agricultural transition. “It is a necessity to allow this agriculture to produce differently and for consumers to eat differently.
“for the health of all and above all that of the farmers”
For David-Blaise Martin, a member of Avenir Santé Environnement, a paradigm shift must take place for this “true agricultural transition” required by the association to which it belongs. “Today, if we give the example of a cereal farmer in conventional agriculture in the Aunis plain, he receives aid from the common agricultural policy (PAC), on the other hand, if he wants to go organic, he will get much less.” For this committed Rochelais, it should be quite the opposite. “We should help farmers go organic. We now know that in agroecology we can have quite acceptable yields. We could well move towards this type of agriculture that is much less harmful to everyone’s health and, above all, to health. of farmers”.