“Stop the miles on my plate!” a petition calls on the state to act

FIGARO DEMAIN – Initiated by the Hive who says Yes, the petition asks the government to make concrete commitments in favor of local food.

. Thus titled, a petition wants to encourage consumers to favor local products… But what good is it? “Because 8 out of 10 French people think that eating local can reduce the impact of human activity on the environment but in fact only 16% of them are organic / local”, replies La Ruche who says Yes at the origin of the petition. , the platform that connects producers and consumers uses this new weapon to encourage the government to act in favor of local food.

Thus, each time the petition has 10,000 more signatures, the specialist in short circuits 2.0 will visit ministries, armed with good food! In one day, the petition has already crossed this milestone twice. This week, the Ministry of Ecological Transition will therefore receive a visit from these followers of short circuits. We do not yet know the dish that will be concocted but one thing is certain: the ingredients will be local and seasonal!

The authors of the petition have already planned to invite themselves to other ministries. Those in Agriculture, Health or Economy could be next on the list. With more than 50,000 signatures, the authors have promised to organize a banquet! “The defense of local food is a cross-cutting issue. The issues relate to the environment, health, agriculture, the economy… Everyone must take up the problem, ”says Hélène Binet, at the origin of the operation at La Ruche, which says yes!

“Eating locally makes it possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to revitalize the territories, to create jobs, to forge links between towns and the countryside, to eat healthier …”, plead the signatories. of the call. Among them, the network of responsible companies B Corp France, Cyril Dion, director of the film Demain, Maxime de Rostolan, Founder of Fermes d’Avenir, Christophe Duhamel, Founder of Marmiton or Stéphane Gigandet, Founder of Open Food Facts. With this campaign, La Ruche qui dit oui! wants to raise awareness among citizens and make them aware of the importance of eating local products.

For clear geographic labeling

A study conducted by the shows indeed that a purchase of 10 euros made from a producer on a market generates 25 euros redistributed in the economy and 14 euros when spent in supermarkets.

In addition, a tomato produced out of season in a heated greenhouse emits up to ten times more greenhouse gases than a tomato produced in an unheated greenhouse in season, according to the Climate Action network. Likewise, meat from locally farmed grassland-fed emits 30% less CO2 than when it comes from factory farming, according to. However, according to the Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe), in terms of impact on the environment, “the diversity of these circuits does not allow us to say that they systematically present a better environmental record than “long” circuits, particularly in terms of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions ”. The agency thus affirms that, for the effects to be real, it is necessary to “support initiatives” and “share good practices”.

But how? The specialist in short circuits 2.0 is campaigning for “clear geographical labeling” on food products. “Today is the big blur. Try to calculate the number of kilometers traveled by a pot of honey when the only geographical indications given on the label are EU or non-EU (and often both), ”says Helene Binet. “Meats must certainly display the country of birth, breeding and slaughter of animals and vegetables the country of origin”, concedes the ally of small producers but “difficult to know how many kilometers your cart has traveled” . However, according to a study by the Kantar firm, 9 out of 10 consumers demand greater transparency on the products purchased. . Better informed, the French would favor local products.

“Transparency brings virtue, we see it with the producers, we have already seen compositions of certain products modified at the request of the customers”, indicates the person in charge. Thus, “just as the energy labels on the environmental performance of household appliances have pushed manufacturers to improve, these indications would lead to brands relocating part of their production,” says Hélène Binet.

Another idea: the petition proposes that land be reserved for farmers in the municipalities to allow the inhabitants to feed local products. The national health nutrition program (PNNS) could also add a local dimension to its messages. So ready to “eat five local, seasonal fruits and vegetables a day” ?!


Le Figaro

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