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The Minister of Agriculture, Julien Denormandie, reported critical issues for the agricultural world, on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at the beginning of a year marked by the French Presidency of the European Union.

France ensures the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union since Saturday, January 1 to June 30, 2022. In this "Major Commitment" , food sovereignty holds a "very strong" place, insisted Julien Denormandie This Tuesday, during his wishes to the press. The Minister of Agriculture will chair the first European Council with its counterparts on January 17 in Brussels.

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bring the leaders to the head of Europe

it targets four issues

"urgent" : to combat the distortions of competition within the Union, to condition imports to the standards of productions imposed on European farmers (especially on the hormones Growth), review the Pesticide Use Directive (adopted in 2009) for "Applying the same approach to all European countries" and capture more carbon in soils.

Increase revenues

on a French scale, the implementation of the

Law EGALIM 2 (promulgated in October 2021) is the number 1 priority according to the minister, "to preserve the income of farmers, especially with the Current inflation ». Will this second law be sufficient? "The challenge now is to put enormous pressure" so that the new balances voted to supervise trade negotiations, between producers, processors and distributors, are respected.

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Better inform consumers

The decree that

mandatory the display of the origin of the meat in the collective restoration "will be examined on 11 January to the Council of State, announced the Minister, it will be applied in the stride if the board validates it ".

This measure has been very expected by the agricultural sector since its announcement by the former Minister of Agriculture, Didier Guillaume, at the Revenue Livestock Exhibition of Rennes, in 2019. It will know, for example,

" If the chicken served in the canteens of our children comes from France, Ukraine or Brazil. It is primordial information for consumers to agree to pay a little more expensive, esteem Julien Denormandie.

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Adapt to climate change

"bigger issue for agriculture in the coming years" : The "necessary adaptation" to climate change. The political levers are activated in the context of the varenne of the water launched in 2021. Julien Denormandie asks the farming fields by the end of 2022.

Other conclusions are expected this January for, among other things, reaching a consensus very difficult to find on ways to capture water. When at the

Reform of Harvest Insurance , committed to the multiplication of hazards, "It still requires several months to be finalized" .

Among the other issues evoked is the sensitive file of pesticides. Asked about the ban on Glyphosate, the minister renews the target of 50% reduction in herbicide without moving forward for as a schedule and reiterates its position:

"You have to take an alternative only if it is credible and economically viable. »

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