French Prime Minister Jean Castex presented on Sept. 3 the “Relaunch France” plan, a roadmap for economic, social, and environmental rebuilding of the country. One hundred billion euros have been dedicated to the plan, of which 1.2 billion are allocated to agriculture.
The agriculture aspects of the plan set three goals:
- Strengthening food sovereignty
- Accelerating the agro-ecological transition to give healthy, sustainable and local food access to all French people
- Adapting agriculture and forests to climate change
French people have expressed their desire to be able to feed themselves with fresh, local and environmentally sound food products that also respect animal welfare. The French agricultural industry already possesses the talents necessary to meet this demand. The role of the French government is to ensure that a two-tier system does not develop where only the most well off can benefit from it. In this way, school cafeterias, restaurants, and initiatives to multiply shared gardens can all be accelerators of change.
To strengthen food sovereignty, French agriculture must be resolutely modern and succeed in its agroecological transition. In the face of multiplying climate disruptions, adapting to the ecological emergency is a question of independence. To better breathe, progress toward carbon neutrality, and develop environmentally friendly materials of the future like wood, the plan will also put an accent on forests: The French government has committed to planting trees in France at an unprecedented rate. The plan will help farmers, many of whom have already taken part in this transition, and food companies toward a more sustainable, environmentally friendly and economically robust model.