The second round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations started the week of November 11th, 2013. Agriculture will be an important issue in the discussion between the United States and the European Union. In a recent interview with the Financial Times, French Minister of Agriculture, Food Industry and Forestry, Stéphane Le Foll talked about France’s positions concerning the food and agriculture aspects of the upcoming agreement.

Stéphane LE FOLL, ©Cheick.saidou/Min.Agri.Fr

Stéphane LE FOLL, French Minister of Agriculture, Food Industry and Forestry ©Cheick.saidou/Min.Agri.Fr

France considers this partnership has to be a source of growth and jobs creation for both countries. In order to reach a balanced mutually satisfying agreement, the differences between the European and American agricultural and food systems have to be taken into account.

European citizens are attached to their agricultural and food model, which is defined by a high level expectations concerning quality, food safety and tracking. It is the result of a science-based approach but also democratic collective choices made by European citizens.
Mr Le Foll declared that dialogue must be built on the mutual recognition of different conceptions of agriculture.

You could read the interview of the French Minister for Agriculture, Food Industry and Forestry with the Financial Times.