Benoît BITEAU, an organic farmer who reduces irrigation, changes practices, preserves the quality of soil, water, air and biodiversity, is given a double penalty because the management of an organic farm is already a significant investment.
For many years, associations for the protection of nature and the environment have denounced the financial provisions provided for in the common agricultural policy which subsidizes farmers who have bad practices, disastrous for health and the environment, so that they do “less worse”. The heavily subsidized alibis measures have no effect.
It is unnecessary to recall the damage caused by chemical intensive cereal agriculture. For decades, ever more alarming reports have been piling up in government departments – everything and its opposite.
Two examples suffice:
- Nitrates: 5 successive action programs, 20 years of palaver, a risk of condemnation of Europe and in 2014 a situation which is further deteriorating despite the billions of euros spent in vain.
- Pesticides: after the displays of the Grenelle de l’Environnement, the good intentions of the 2018 ecophyto plan, in recent years, the quantities of chemicals used in agriculture have increased.
THE PAID POLLUTER
For water, the situation is just as incomprehensible. The aid goes mainly to those who practice polluting agriculture.
Let us take the example of a cereal farmer, corn grower who irrigates 160 ha including 115 ha of grain maize, he will ask for 1 million euros of public money to build a water reserve and he will obtain them.
While this farmer cultivates corn which consumes 2,500 m3 of water per ha which requires the use of chemicals and nitrates which are leached and end up in rivers and the sea because the land remains bare all winter, the French agricultural policy will encourage it to continue and perhaps even to intensify its practices and production.
With such inconsistencies, aid to maintain failing meadows, agriculture geared towards the production of cereals for export, tens of thousands of hectares of meadows have already been plowed with all the consequences that we know in particular. on wet areas.
Hopefully our rulers will get their act together and put some order in the distribution of public money.