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In Haute-Garonne, international agreements raise farmers' concern

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On Monday, July 29, Dominique Paillé, a farmer in Labège, in the suburbs of Toulouse, had invited the ten delegates from Haute-Garonne, including seven La Ré public en marche (LRM), to come and visit the 130 hectares on which he grows hard wheat, barley, maize, sunflower and some lentil plants. At 45, he took over the business of his uncle twenty-five years ago and employs two employees. On his side, his friends from the FDSEA wanted to start a discussion about the Free Trade Agreement between Europe and Canada (CETA) and Dominique Paillé feared worrying effects. No deputy has come.

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A few days later, on the night of the 1st on 2 august, the powerful union mothed the permanence of LRM Corinne Vignon in Toulouse, before pouring manure in front of the permanence of another delegate in Tournefeuille, then in front of the prefecture of Haute-Garonne. A spectacular action to denounce the CETA, and to alarm on the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Mercosur, the commercial alliance of the four most powerful economies of Europe. South America (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay). Â € œWe are asked to make quality products â € "organic, meat, milk or cheese â €" in short circuits and nearby channels, and we will import food products that do not respect the same rules of the game regarding GMOs, glyphosate, animal meal or hormones. The consumer does not want it and our farmers will suffer enormously. ", ton Luc Mesbah, Deputy Secretary General FDSEA 31.

With more than 80,000 farms, Occitanie ranks as the second largest French agriculture and agri-food region behind New Aquitaine, according to a report by Agriâ € ™ Scopie for the United States. The region is also the most important in terms of number of farms for sheep, and ranks second for crop production.

High quality and proximity

"In ten years we will not be here anymore. We are going to have a new law that will ban the chemicals, the city is gaining land and, with these agreements, we will be in direct competition, especially on the durum of Canada that they sell with production costs. much less high  », fears Dominique Paillé, who has just finished harvesting and mowing along the roads "To round off the end of the month".