A new vision for agriculture
momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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Land management: An issue that must be addressed

May 25, 2015

The FAO declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS), and thus aims to raise the awareness and understanding of the significance of soils to safeguard food security and allow the ecosystem to carry out its key functions.

In this context, the European Economic and Social Committee (CESE) delivered an opinion concerning the sound management of farmland on May 13. It must be noted that France is far from being exemplary in this respect. Worse even, the situation is becoming a more serious problem as a result of a tax and legal system that does not effectively protect soils. The Committee’s data indicates that in France, between 2000 and 2012, 98,000 to 225,000 acres of farmland disappeared every year because of new infrastructures and urban sprawl.

In addition, land grabbing is also generating a growing interest for nations such as China and Russia––for wine and milk production––and for pension funds, leading to the threat of declining transparency and regulation of agricultural markets and of family farming, if the French agricultural commodities produced by such investors were to be exclusively exported from the country.

Yet the authors of the CESE report are pointing out that farmland management is a key societal issue as both the cornerstone of food security and the guarantor of farmers’ survival. They are recommending:
    - Fighting land grabbing by acting at the European and international levels to give nations the ability to supervise––or even oppose––such form of appropriation;

    - Proposing new procedures to convey agricultural real estate through a tax system and regulated financial products.
As far as France and Europe are concerned, this trend is actually more the symptom of a “dis-agriculturization” with land purchases far from being the lone indicator. Beyond such trend, a more serious problem is in sight. It implies the predicament of an agricultural model under uncontrolled liberalization, which is subjected to speculative distortions that can now impact the European agricultural potential already undermined due to inadequate policy choices.

Ultimately, the disengagement of governments in soil preservation is linked to the similar problem concerning agricultural policies: If we want to uphold our international influence, if we want to safeguard the optimal food security for our citizens and future generations, we must not eschew an international regulatory policy for agricultural markets safeguarding mankind’s fundamental balance.

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Paris, 19 June 2019