France: development of the processing center at the MIN market of Montpellier

“The Market of National Interest (MIN) of Montpellier is a major tool to ensure our food sovereignty,” announced Michaël Delafosse, mayor and president of Montpellier and the Metropolis.

The MIN will therefore continue to develop short circuits, local products and sustainable agriculture. “The market must become the main gear in ecological, food and solidarity transition,” explains Michaël Delafosse.

Left to right: Marie Massart, president of the market, Michaël Delafosse, mayor of Montpellier, and Isabelle Touzard, vice-president of the Metropolis.

In 2017 already, the market of Montpellier became the first agricultural processing center on a Market of National Interest. “By giving more resources to the market, we combine the Climate Plan of the Metropolis with the food policy,” according to Marie Massart, president of the market who wants to change agricultural practices.

“Since 2015, the Metropolis has been developing a real ecological and food policy called P2A. The communities around Montpellier will mobilize land to achieve the ambitious goal of creating 400 ha for livestock and sustainable agriculture,” explains Isabelle Thouzard, vice-president of the metropolis.

The president of the MIN market indicates that these efforts also have a solidarity component. “We must meet the challenge of food solidarity. Our action on global food policy must also allow us to act in favor of the underprivileged and students.”

Urban logistics is not left out, as the mayor of Montpellier also announced efforts on the “last kilometer”. In recent years, electric vehicles have started replacing trucks for urban deliveries. According to Michaël Delafosse, “33-ton trucks no longer belong in the city. This vision of the world is dying. This is also in line with our policy which consists of supporting local businesses.”


Photo: ©Frédéric Damer

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