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It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
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Trusting farmers to protect biodiversity

Frédéric Hénin, Editor in chief, Terre-net

Article published on Terre-net Média

”There are as many methods as landscapes to increase biodiversity”. For Lothar Hövelmann, a German farmer, sustainable development is based on three pillars: the economic, social and ecological pillars.

Therefore, wanting to withdraw seven percent from farmland production, or imposing a three-crop cycle, is giving a narrow dimension to the ecology. Such are the lessons learned from the statements made by European farmers attending the conference held by the French Farmers Society (SAF) at the Paris International Agri-Business Show (SIMA) on February 25, 2013, to explain how they were able to “integrate the environment in the economy” of their operations.

These assorted Dutch, German or British testimonials provided a global scope to the preservation of biodiversity and sustainable development. As a result, they are questioning the three key measures concerning the greening of the future common agricultural policy, while paradoxically suggesting more ecology.

Reconciling production and the ecology

These business leaders then explained that they did not wait for Brussels to impose them the required measures to green the CAP. Yet they agreed to consider the environmental issues generated by agricultural activities, since they strove to reconcile output and ecological performance in all their activities, or in other words, integrate the protection of biodiversity in the economy of their operations.

Several lessons were determined from the various experiences discussed during the SAF conference:

    - First lesson: Farmers have solutions to protect and development biodiversity;
    - Second lesson: Showcasing these farmers as drivers of environmental protection and their solutions. As the participants to the SIMA conference argued, “We must look at the efforts already made before imposing regulations.”
    - Third lesson: The solutions provided are based on state-of-the-art technologies even though they can sometimes be subject to controversy for some environmental groups;
    - Fourth lesson: The agricultural community is being held hostage by imposed measures because it has not been able to publicize its achievements;
    - Fifth lesson: Preserving biodiversity must be rationalized on a scale of farming systems as a whole. The seven percent of Utilized Agricultural Area and crop rotation provide a restrictive scope to biodiversity preservation through solutions that are not up to the challenges to be met.

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Paris, 20 June 2019