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Food Sovereignty and Renewal: France’s New Agricultural Orientation Law

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 3, 2024
Content of the draft agriculture law presented to the Council of Ministers on Wednesday

The agricultural crisis has led to a long-awaited draft orientation law on agriculture, centered on “food sovereignty” and the “renewal of generations.” This text has been revised to address farmers’ demands for less red tape and certain environmental standards. The political journey leading up to this moment has been tumultuous, with Prime Minister Gabriel Attal announcing over 400 million euros in emergency aid and opening discussions on 67 “commitments” with farmers to emphasize the importance of agriculture.

One of the key aspects of the new law is the recognition of agriculture and fishing as being of “major general interest” alongside aquaculture. This designation is intended to guide decisions on agricultural projects and disputes, ensuring that public policies contribute to enhancing food security without burdening farmers. The aim is to strengthen France’s food sovereignty while maintaining its export markets for products like cereals, wines, and dairy.

The bill also addresses the challenges of attracting new workers to the agricultural sector, as well as adapting production systems to climate change. It includes the creation of a new agro bachelor diploma and a national network for agricultural services to support new installations. Furthermore, it allows for the formation of agricultural land investment groups to facilitate access to land for new farmers.

To simplify regulations regarding the planting and preservation of hedges, efforts will be made to promote biodiversity and environmental protection. In cases of litigation related to irrigation projects and livestock buildings, procedural delays will be reduced. In cases of environmental damage, criminal sanctions will be replaced with administrative penalties to encourage ecological restoration rather than punitive measures.

Overall, the draft law aims to address key issues facing the agricultural sector in France, such as generational renewal, climate change adaptation, and regulatory simplification. While some agricultural unions have expressed support for the bill, others have raised concerns about its lack of ambition and its impact on food sovereignty. As the law moves through Parliamentary debates are likely before it is adopted by Council Ministers in summer session.

By Samantha Nguyen

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