A new vision for agriculture
momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Pierre Pagesse.
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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Agriculture for reindustrialisation!



Pierre Boiteau, Managing Editor of Terre-net Media


Article published in Terre-net Magazine (n°14)


Can agriculture play a role in response to France’s de-industrialisation, which is being heavily discussed during the 2012 presidential campaign?

Yes. Undoubtedly, yes.

By combining French agricultural and industrial products and expertise the benefits are undeniable. Better still: unlike our European neighbours, we have the means to contribute to the global food challenge. We have unexploited agricultural resources that can increase our production capacity and competitiveness. Our country is able to increase its milk and beef production because our systems are among the least intensive. Other examples: we can work on becoming independent using plant proteins for animal feed, farmers using their own biofuels, etc… We are not lacking in opportunities!

In short, we can produce more, while continuing to do it better and market raw or processed products. Equipment, research, services, food processing, etc.: the agro-industry and its services all have a role to play in this project. With reindustrialisation and jobs into the bargain.

However, it will take two things for this to happen.

The first: as I previously wrote last month, the future we want to give France, to our agriculture, our food and our agricultural industry will be built on the long term. By combining a 10 or even 20-year vision for the future with good management.

The second: stop mocking agriculture with unjustified social, environmental or “green-bobo” distortions, because without agriculture, the agro-industry is sure to be de-industrialised, as were the industrial sectors that depended on imported raw materials.

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Paris, 16 April 2014