The incredible chef of Laguiole, Michel Bras, was one of the participants at the first edition of the Nantes Food Forum. There, he cooked the meat of an extraordinary animal — a Nantaise cow. It is a breed that once faced extinction had it not been for the efforts of Laurent Chalais and his merry band to save it.
Hitting on the subjects of Jacques Mézard, France’s new Minister of Agriculture; Nicolas Hulot’s area of expertise; and the FNSEA’s international relations, Christiane Lambert was at the Nantes Food Forum where she answered our questions.
Thierry Geffray is a farmer in the Drôme and a member of a Groupement Agricole d’Exploitation en Commun (GAEC). An agricultural engineer by training, he discovered during his travels different ways of being a farmer. According to him, what is most important in this profession is not simply being an engineer, but being ingenious!
How can food waste be reduced, during this time when the number of disadvantaged people continues to rise? Phénix is a company attempting to tackle this problem: since 2014, it has been bringing supermarkets and charities together.
Launched in May 2016, the Potager de la Cantine (lit. Canteen’s Vegetable Garden), on the Île de Nantes, is just now celebrating its first-year anniversary, but this young seedling is already a clear success. Adjoining the Cantine du Voyage, its 600 square meters of cultivated — and colorful — gardens have blanketed the dark asphalt of the former dock yard.
It was yesterday at Bourdaisière, in the commune of Montlouis-sur-Loire, where Maxime de Rostolan masterfully navigated the Fermes d’Avenir project. Nicolas Hulot made the trip to listen to his minister of agriculture.
Knowing how to have a global vision of agriculture, connecting it with the environment, and contributing to the social and economic development of rural areas, are elements that, combined with a collective practice of agriculture, can give back a sense of meaning to the profession of farming. Meet Yves François.
Christophe Collini is one of those who has changed how he lives in order to give meaning to it. A former executive at Siemens in Morocco, he has replaced the commotion of big cities with the chatter of birds. Now, the only constraints that weigh on him are those imposed by the seasons.
With her husband Daniel, Denise Vuillon is the founder of the first AMAP in Ollioules, in the Var. Here, she goes over the keys to the AMAP’s success: healthy food that reconnects taste with health and the preservation of nature, without forgetting the strong link with consumers.
At the end of 2016, René Kersanté retired, putting down his hoe and pitchfork and leaving his four hectares of land to lie fallow. After a call for projects by the city of Saint-Denis, the Parti Poétique and the Ferme de Gally were selected to take the relay.