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The French Minister of Agriculture said the European Commission was an environmental hypocrite

Last week, the French Minister of Agriculture, Julien Denormandie, denounced the hypocritical position of the European Commission at the Congress of the FNSEA, the main agricultural organization in France, that was held in Niort. "In my opinion, transitioning to organic agriculture while importing products I don't allow making in my land is far from having an environmental conscience; it is hypocritical," he stated.

Denormandie said that the study presented this summer by the European Commission's Joint Research Center (JRC) on the possible consequences of the 'From farm to table' and Biodiversity strategies showed that the application of these strategies would generate a decrease in European agricultural production and an increase in food imports from countries that do not have to comply with the same environmental restrictions as the EU.

The European Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski, could not contain himself and launched a reply via Twitter in which he said that this study was not an impact assessment and that they would soon have this kind of assessment.

The logical thing would be for the European Commission to have an impact assessment before implementing strategies that will affect the agricultural sector so much. However, the Commissioner said they would present these reports in the near future, more than 16 months after they presented their strategies, at a moment when the Member States are already including the strategy guidelines in their strategic plans. So what use are these reports a posteriori?

According to the minister, Brussels' ways to improve the quality of European food run the risk of leading to nonsensical sovereignty and environmental issues.

 

Source: agrodigital.com 


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