HATS OFF TO OUR LOCAL PRODUCERS
by Sophie Cattoire
Photo copyright: Sophie Cattoire
Although we automatically step back just as we’re about to hug each other – something, admittedly, that I find hard to do with my closest friends – there is however a heart-warming consequence of the health crisis we have been going through. Sensibly avoiding the crowds, we have turned once more to our local producers for our food requirements. The maisons paysannes (local produce shops with a human touch) are going from strength to strength and buying straight from the growers or opting for local distribution channels has now become a matter of course. As a result, our local farmers have been able to pick themselves up again, with no middlemen there to fleece them.
We began our information website adventure: www.albuga.info, expressing a truly independent form of journalism, using the full potential of multimedia – feature stories, hyperlinks, lots of photos and videos… – on 21 June 2006, midsummer day; our top story was a tribute to one of those families who supply us with food thanks to their outstanding fruit and vegetable productions.
The Castang family, whose son, Éric, is one of the pioneers of Biological Control. What exactly does that consist of? Observing and reproducing the natural predator-prey cycles of insects so as to avoid any use of pesticides on a farm.
We invite you to rediscover this adorable family, the parents Jules and Yvonne, the son Éric and their tiny little helpers in the seven photo and video reportages and the feature article we had devoted to them. Don’t miss the classic « LES LARVES AU BOULOT » and the absolutely spontaneous remarks of Jean-René Laserre, former director of the Dordogne Veterinary Services, inside a greenhouse where he was choosing tomatoes, utterly dismayed by what is systematically thrown down our throats.
Our thanks to all those growers who have abandoned mainstream farming methods and have come to their senses. They are working towards a brighter future for life on Earth and all our children. We shall always be beside them, with admiration and affection, and look forward to giving them a very big hug – very soon!
AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION IN MAUZENS MIREMONT
Using insects as an insecticide, choosing the good ones to get rid of the bad ones, that’s the 100% natural solution advocated by the PBI. Biological Control (Protection Biologique Intégrée) a term as yet unknown to many, offers an alternative to chemical treatments and guarantees health and productiveness. Into the bargain, growers can enjoy seeing how well nature gets on on its own when we respect its cycle.