Following the acquisition of the US group Monsanto by Bayer, more than 200 great chefs of French cuisine gathered to show their dissatisfaction. Together, they signed an open letter to fight against the presence of agrochemistry in our food.
Yannick Alléno, Cyril Lignac, Yves Camdeborde, Yannick Alléno or Christophe Michalak, are great figures of French gastronomy, and are also recognized internationally. And it is not for cooking that these masters of the restoration have gathered, but to denounce the terrible consequences of the merger between the two largest multinationals of biotechnology, Bayer and Monsanto.
It is in an Open Letter against the invasion of agrochemistry in our plates that they launch an appeal for collective responsibility and general awareness.
The food is in great danger
Published on September 20, 2016 on the specialized website of the current cuisine and gastronomic Atabula, the great chefs of the French restaurant group have joined forces with the same desire to communicate their Open Letter against the invasion of agrochemistry in our plates.
Ardent defenders of the best and the good food, the quality of the product and the local producers, our great star chefs also want to remind their support to the biodiversity, the respect of the environment as well as the health of the consumers but also to their profession:
“Without a healthy and quality product, without diversity of cultures, the cook can no longer express his creative talent. He is no longer able to do his job as he likes it and pass it on with passion. “
The instrumentalisation of the environment
With great sincerity, they express their concern about this alliance between the giants of pesticides and seeds and its terrible challenge: control the entire food chain, from the land where the seed grows to the plate of the consumer. They denounce the risk for peasants and farmers to be restricted to the function of simple operators in the service of a hell machine.
The cultivable lands risk losing their diversity of culture and being reduced to a “marketed product”. This agrochemical rapprochement is a real danger for our plates. According to a UN report, the rapid deterioration of the planet’s soils due to erosion, loss of nutrients and organic carbon, waterproofing and other threats can be reversed, as long as countries take initiative to promote sustainable management practices and the use of appropriate technologies.
The State of the World Soils Resources Report of FAO’s Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils brings together the work of some 200 scientists from 60 countries. Its publication coincides with the celebration of World Soil Day on December 4 and the conclusion of the 2015 International Year of Soils, which served to reinforce the awareness of what has been described as “the silent ally of humanity. “
Intensive agriculture and urbanization are destroying ever more ecologically valuable areas. In France, more than a thousand football fields are covered by buildings every day. A quarter of the fields are affected by soil erosion that renders them sterile. Soil conservation is the primary concern of permaculture. On the occasion of the Global Soil Week – the Global Soil Week – the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Potsdam has created an awareness-raising event on this subject.
Part of the soil erodes and ends up in rivers and oceans. The fault lies mainly with intensive agriculture that plows and leaves the bare ground and therefore defenseless a good part of the year.
Here is this letter:
Open letter against the invasion of agrochemistry in our plates
The acquisition of the US group Monsanto by the German Bayer, in September 2016, can not leave the catering professionals indifferent. With this acquisition, this new juggernaut of seeds and pesticides has an ambition: to control the entire food chain, from the land where the seed grows to the plate of the consumer. Such an enterprise has only one ambition: to increase its activities, and therefore its profits, on all continents, regardless of the biodiversity and the health of the populations. If the European Union has shown concern following this rapprochement, citizens can not just look at chemistry fill their plates.
Ardent defenders of good food, engaged daily in the promotion of the good product and the small producers, the professionals of the restoration want to remind their attachment to some fundamental values: the support for the biodiversity, the respect of the environment and the health of the consumers . This agrochemical rapprochement is a danger for our plates, but it is also a source of concern for peasants and farmers who see themselves limit their freedom to plant and cultivate a particular seed. Tomorrow, because of the GMOs, the Roundup and the different chemicals coming out of the factories, cultural and cultural diversities will no longer exist. Living nature will no longer be a product marketed, transformed, transferred to the service of a Leviathan.