Well behaved animals, a documentary filmed in Deux-Sèvres

Rémy Laugier has the chance to combine two fascinating professions: animal documentary director and outdoor organic cow farmer. When his parents died, he took over the family farm with his sister and brother. In other words, he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to ecology, environmental preservation and agriculture.

Formed by extensive livestock, the Deux-Sèvres bocage is of considerable wealth: plants, insects, birds and mammals take advantage of the many hedges, meadows, ponds and wetlands offered by this ecosystem.

Unfortunately, today’s creation has a bad press and increasingly
hedges are uprooted in favor of large cereal monocultures completely
devoid of all animal life.

ANDraising cows pollutes a lot. To make one kilo of meat, 10,000 liters of water are needed; the carbon footprint of livestock is disastrous. Beyond the mere exposition of numbers, the reality is obviously
much more complex.

Through the testimonies of farmers and naturalists, I want to show that another model is possible.

On the family farm, cattle are outdoors all year and feed on grass from spring to autumn and hay in winter. Rémy Laugier dug
ponds that are home to frogs, newts, dragonflies and a host of other species. O
the meadows are delimited by many hedges where the sparrows find food and refuge, and finally the permanent meadows allow the maintenance of a rich and varied flora.

Eating meat from this farm is very beneficial for the environment. Reproduction is therefore not the problem, but INTENSIVE reproduction.

In fact, if you only consume organic vegetables, this does not necessarily guarantee that you are ecologically responsible.

Indeed, unlike livestock, arable crops, organic or not,
are deserts of biodiversity. We often uproot all the hedges, fill the ponds, drain the streams… Contradicting breeding and cultivation, vegan and omnivorous is not relevant in terms of ecologically responsible consumption. It is especially necessary to oppose intensive farming and cultures (organic or not) with farming and extensive cultures in polyculture/farming that preserve biodiversity and landscapes.

Across France, farmers are organizing to implement more environmentally friendly practices. This is also the case for Deux-Sèvres with the creation of the label: “culture and flavor“, which will allow you to group as many farms as possible.

Climate change and agriculture, the challenges of tomorrow

Extreme weather episodes are, unfortunately, increasingly frequent. Thanks to the hedges and trees, the extensive model defends itself much better than the intensive model. The trees bring freshness to the plots, they bring water by capillarity and the hedges retain the earth in case of floods and heavy rains. The runoff excavates the fields and brings tons of silt into the rivers. It’s an ecological disaster.

Another aspect of things, in the extensive model, the farmer is less taken by the throat by the yield. The extensive model is much more flexible to withstand the effects of climate change.

Prohibit the uprooting of hedges, prohibit the pruning of hedges in spring, more strictly control the spread of manure in the fields…ANDtat has the power to change everything very quickly thanks to CAP. Farmers will find their way, consumers will find their way, and the environment will be clean.


52″ documentary
Co-production: France Télévisions /Because! Production
Producer: Norbert Liard
Screenwriter Director: Rémy Laugier

Broadcast: Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 11:05 pm
In France 3 New Aquitaine

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