Two delegations were received this Saturday in Mont-de-Marsan (Landes). The first in the city hall and the second in the departmental council. All responded to the collective’s call “Open the beak”. This group, created in February defend the poultry sector and small producers, it brings together in particular Modef, but also the Confédération paysanne 40, Landes AMAPS and the Association of traditional producers of foie gras and free-range poultry. According to the latest data from the ministry, “4.18 million birds have been culled – including 3.44 million in the South West – since the beginning of the crisis to stop bird flu in France.”
You gotta listen to common sense peasant
In the crowd, to occupy the protesters, a quiz on the theme of the duck is organized. “How many birds are raised in the Landes”, asks the speaker of the day in front of the city hall. As the public searches for the answer, Amélie Clayton, co-president of the Landes independent farmers association, prepares to be received by new mayor. “We have the impression of experiencing a first crisis each time. _It’s a general disappointment. there is no way out_. Of course, the future of our farms is at stake, we feel abandoned, nobody listens to us. It’s time to listen to peasant common sense. Clearly what we are asking for, is the outdoors, implementation of vaccination and density decline for all !”. The answer to the quiz, 15 million a year.
An opinion shared by Vincent, a duck farmer, he sells directly in the Landes. “We are here because we have the impression that certain producers are imposing a mode of production on us. However, we are convinced that the outdoors is the best way to make a good product. This year, confinement leads to slaughter. _We’ve been asking for vaccinations for two or three years_, we could have done some testing this year. It was faster for covid”explains Landais before adding, “We should remove density as the critical period approaches, on November 15th. We all know creators who have completely stopped, or slowed down… And during that time, others have multiplied volumes.”
The State must stop favoring the economic interests of certain
The debate over the density of animals in the department was also at the center of discussions in the department. Christophe Mesplède, vice president of the agricultural union Modef (a movement for the defense of family farmers) was received by Renaud Lagrave, vice president of the New Aquitaine Region, Boris Vallaud, deputy for the 3rd district of Landes and Eric Kerrouche, senator for the department.
“The debate that is emerging now is what will allow us to restart the way we are going to produce our ducks in the department. the idea is lower production volumes remaining vigilant towards those who have already made an effort last winter. Label producers and farmers have already reduced their production by 60%, this should be taken into account. Beside that, there is the longs sector that maintained its volumes, even developed things in some places. It is necessary it is imperative that you also reduce your volumes during the risk period that is, December January, _otherwise we’ll all be broke_“insists the union representative at the end of this meeting.
“If we still want foie gras in our country, a luxury product, the state will have to assume its responsibilities in terms of sanitary management and _not continue to favor the economic interests of Labeyrie, Delpeyrat and Euralis_, the big ones, who dictate their law on sanitary installations. The state must assume its responsibilities and save the entire industry, big and small.” insists Christophe Mesplède, vice president of Modef.