Let's clarify things: there are less and less areas growing lucerne crops in France, 70% less in just 30 years.
This situation is even worse for the Champagne Ardennes area, where growing lucerne has decreased by more than 30% since 2005.
This situation is absolutely disastrous because lucerne has been one of the only breaks for the environment among a whole succession of intensive crops …And this is not all, because the change in European aid could mean that lucerne, when processed, in particular when dehydrated, will entirely disappear by 2012.
This crop is so good for the environment that the new CAP reform, which will be implemented for the 2014 harvest, will in all likelihood agree on the aid it needs to combat the competition of US soya grain.
Result: No more lucerne..., either now or in the future.
The aim of this "let's save lucerne" campaign is to create coherence in the standpoints of the European public authorities that make the decisions and to protect the aid mechanism to save processed lucerne ... There will be further actions... We need these kinds of crops.