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farmers regret the mobilization launched by the FNSEA

The majority union in the agricultural profession has largely contributed to popularize the term “agribashing”, which it uses to denote the systematic denigration of which the sector would be victim, and which would come pell-mell environmental associations, public authorities, even some of the consumers.

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“Macron, answer us!” At the call of the FNSEA and Young Farmers, many farmers gathered on Tuesday, October 22, in front of the prefectures of the departments of metropolitan France, to shout their fed up with what they call the“Agribashing”. The majority agricultural union has largely contributed to popularize this term, which it uses to denote the systematic denigration of which the sector would be victim and which would be the fact of the environmental associations, the public authorities and even some of the consumers.

Is this finding unanimously shared by the profession? To find out, franceinfo interviewed several farmers, attached to other minority unions. When asked if the“Agribashing” it seems to be a reality, Benard Lannes hesitates a few seconds. “On the markets or in the alleys of the Salon de l'agriculture, clearly no, but when we see the frontal attacks of some who trade food fears on social networks, clearly yes”adds the president of the Rural Coordination (which obtained 21.54% of the votes in the last elections of the chambers of agriculture).

This Gers grain farmer and breeder, who “assumes to be a conventional farmer and trust the licensed scientists” to buy fertilizers and pesticides, however, that sending farmers to protest in prefectures will not solve this problem. That he judges anyway secondary.

The agribashing hides the forest. The priority is to increase farmers' incomes and get them out of the administrative mess they are plunged into.Bernard Lannes, cereal farmer and president of the Rural Coordinationat franceinfo

“This is not the'Agribashing' that drives the suicide of farmers is the lack of income and meaning to what we do!, abounds Emilie Jeannin, farmer of Charolais suckling cows in Côte-d'Or, and unionized with the peasant Confederation (20.04% of the votes during the last elections of the chambers of agriculture).

“I have no problem, neither with my neighbors nor with the consumers who come directly to the farm to make their purchases”, continues the thirty-year-old, for whom this systematic denigration put forward by the FNSEA would above all allow the majority union to “divert attention”. “Evoke the 'agribashing ' is a convenient way to pose as a victim and to avoid addressing issues that society legitimately questions, such as the place of pesticides or the quality of supply “she insists.

Charlotte Kerglonou-Mellier does not say anything else. For this “Peasant” aged 32, who raises about 50 dairy cows in Ille-et-Vilaine, the concept of “agribashing” is used by “advocates of a certain culture, quite productivist and not really focused on saving the environment”. But for this member of the Confederation Paysanne, it is precisely intensive agriculture that “crush the peasants and make their farms escape them”.

In my farm, we are two to manage fifty animals. We can therefore take the time to observe them and take care of them. Which makes us more comfortable to show our work to consumers, and dispel any fears.Charlotte Kerglonou-Mellier, dairy farmer in Ille-et-Vilaineat franceinfo

He too is a member of the Confederation Paysanne, Olivier Thouret estimates for his part that “The'Agribashing' exists, especially from animal associations such as L214 which, in the name of animal welfare, actually want to end the breeding. But this organic farmer in Creuse accuses the FNSEA of “mix everything” and use that term “to refuse the dialogue about the questions put to agriculture by society”.

And to take as examples the recent municipal antipesticides which provoked controversy. “I do not think that consumers are always right, but their questioning on this subject is legitimate, rather than systematically rejecting dialogue on this subject by denouncing a 'bashing 'it is better to question oneself “, he argues, before advocating for technical and financial support to help farmers give up chemical herbicides. “The situation is alarming: the revenues are not there, but we still have to face drought and climate change. This is the right moment to question our practices, and not the one to try to move as little as possible by invoking this denigration “concludes the breeder.

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