It’s not easy being green: making European agriculture more sustainable (part 2)


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                Ce n'est pas facile d'être vert ... ou est-ce?  Dans cette édition itinérante de Talking Europe, nous examinons les performances des pays de l'UE vis-à-vis de l'un des principaux contributeurs aux émissions de carbone: l'agriculture.  Dans cette partie du spectacle, nous sommes en Alsace, du côté français de la frontière franco-allemande.  Si l'Allemagne est un grand acteur agricole en Europe, la France est encore plus grande: près de la moitié de ses terres sont consacrées à l'agriculture et la France est le premier bénéficiaire des subventions agricoles de l'UE.

                                    <p>Des chiffres récents montrent qu'environ 10% des émissions de gaz à effet de serre de l'UE proviennent de l'agriculture de toutes sortes ... ce qu'une politique connue sous le nom d'écologisation était censée aborder, ainsi que la réduction de l'utilisation excessive de produits chimiques et l'augmentation du volume de l'agriculture biologique.

However, in the summer of 2020, French state auditors declared that the EU’s greening policy was failing.

So, with the new policies being debated and voted on in action, along with the added pressures from the coronavirus, how green is the future of European agriculture?

In our program, we compare and contrast visions of greening in Germany and France.

In this second part of the show, we travel to Alsace, on the German border, to speak with Daniel Starck about the Confédération paysanne to discuss what he hopes the next Common Agricultural Policy will hold for environmentally conscious farmers. Like him.

In addition, Anne Sander, French MEP from the center-right EPP group, explains why the next CAP has a vital role to play in protecting both farmers’ incomes and the environment – even as its budget is shrinking by 10%.

And how easy is it for green agriculture groups to get their message across in Brussels? Our EU correspondent, Alix Le Bourdon, examines how pressure groups are waging a battle for the future of European agriculture.

Finally, Mathilde Benezet speaks of a niche with a potentially great future: medicinal plants cultivated in the EU such as arnica. They may cost more than imported varieties, but French researchers believe that having an immediate supply of raw material at their doorstep is a real advantage.

>> Click here to watch the first part of the show



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