The transition to sustainable agriculture and food systems must become a major national cause

MDoctors, environmental science and anthropology professionals, aware of the links between health and biodiversity, we promote a global approach based on interdependent relationships between the health of humans, animals, plants and ecosystems. Are committed to.

We express our deep concern about the government’s responses to the agricultural crisis. We affirm that some measures, such as questioning the purpose of a gradual exit from dependence on phytosanitary products, will delay the necessary transformation of our agricultural and food systems.

After World War II, facing food shortages, in a context very different from today, European political and agricultural leaders launched a campaign. “green Revolution” So that agriculture can be modernized. Since the 1970s, agricultural surpluses have replaced shortages. But scientific data has already shown that the systematic use of biocides (herbicides, insecticides and fungicides) harms soil life and biodiversity in all its forms.

Poor diet causes disease

By René Dumont (1904-2001) (ecologist candidate in the French presidential election, 1974) To Edgard Pisani (1918-2016) (Former Minister of Agriculture of France from 1961 to 1966)Via Cisco Mansholt (1908–1995) (Former Dutch President of the European Commission, 1972–1973)The thinkers and leaders of this Green Revolution, realizing the impasse of this production model, have called for agriculture to take a new path, less dependent on synthetic fertilizers and phytosanitary products. Useless.

In the early 1990s, reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the regulation of agricultural markets within the framework of the World Trade Organization profoundly transformed our food systems. Competition among all types of agriculture in the world has replaced the principles of promoting agriculture in the service of shared and united food sovereignty among peoples.

Unhealthy diet is today considered to be the main cause of dangerous development of chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and many cancers. While agriculture can play a positive role for biodiversity, so-called “traditional” production methods have a major impact on ecosystem degradation.

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