Bec Hellouin farm: agricultural laboratory for the post-oil era

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Culture on hillocks, on planks, forest-garden, island-garden … since 2006, Charles and Perrine Hervé Gruyer combine different techniques such as agro-ecology, permaculture or organic farming and the ancestral knowledge of the first peoples in their Bec Hellouin farm, located in Normandy, in the west of France.

The result: extraordinary vegetable productivity without chemical inputs or machine tools. Report.

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Summary: It is an oasis, an open-air laboratory nestled in Normandy, in the west of France. The Bec Hellouin farm, created by Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer, is scrutinized by scientists and farmers from around the world. Its productivity without any chemical input or machine tool challenges us: would we have been lied to? Isn’t industrial agriculture the solution to feed the world? This is already obvious since 80% of the world’s food is produced by peasants who cultivate less than 2 hectares. It is for them and for all those who would be tempted by the agricultural adventure that Perrine and Charles innovate with a golden rule: imitate nature. Listen, here’s a lesson in cultures!

(Replay of August 2, 2019)

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Costa Rica – Benin: South-South mobilization to rescue mangroves

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Mangroves, these forests between the sea and rivers, are fabulous ecosystems. They are the nurseries of fish, they protect the coasts from erosion and natural disasters, they store more carbon than tropical forests and they are a tourist attraction.

Unfortunately, mangroves are among the ecosystems most threatened by population growth in the coastal zone, which leads to their overexploitation. Mexico, Benin and Costa Rica are working on pilot restoration sites. South-South cooperation which will soon be able to serve everyone!

Report in Costa Rica in the largest mangroves in Central America where experimenting restoration techniques, with the Neotropica Foundation.

A program produced thanks to co-financing from the European Union.

Guests :
Janique Etienne, in charge of the marine and coastal environments in French Global Environment Fund
Ebenezer Houndjinou, director of the NGO Corde in charge of the mangrove restoration project in the Mono Delta sector in Benin.

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The Briançonnais country: at the top of the transition! (Replay)

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“Building together an exemplary ecological, energy and solidarity transition territory” is the ambition of Pierre Leroy, the tireless president of the Pays du Grand Briançonnais, who is driving an ecological transition in the 37 municipalities.

Renewable energies, food self-sufficiency, sustainable mobility, preservation of biodiversity, waste management … the 35,600 inhabitants who share this territory of south-eastern France are invited to innovate to participate in the first ecological transition contract in France in mountain areas! Report.

(April 12, 2019 replay)


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Coronavirus: the boomerang effect of the degradation of biodiversity

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HIV, Sras, Zika, Ebola, Coronavirus … 60% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonoses and for several decades they have multiplied!

In question: deforestation, industrial farming, intensification of agriculture, rapid transport over long distances of living organisms … The coronavirus pandemic was predictable, how to limit the next?

Guests :
Serge Morand, health ecologist, research director at CNRS and CIRAD and professor at the Faculty of Tropical Medicine in Bangkok
Gaël Maganga, Co-head of the Emerging Viral Diseases Unit at the Interdisciplinary Center for Medical Research in Franceville, Gabon
Jean-François Guégan, IRD / INRAE ​​research director specializing in the ecology of infectious and parasitic diseases
Yann Laurans, Director of the Biodiversity and Ecosystems Program at IDDRI
Jean-Michel Claverie, Professor of Medicine at Aix-Marseille University and director of the Mediterranean Microbiology Institute.


Coronavirus, climate, financial crisis … and if the key was autonomy?

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More than half of humanity is now confined. Long before the coronavirus crisis, men and women made the choice to break away from a system they believed to be deadlocked.

Alone, with family or in a group, they are reinventing our relationship with food, energy, housing, health, education … Muriel Barra has produced Another path, a documentary series which takes us to the discovery of their daily life, in autonomy.

Guests :

Muriel Barra, series director Another path
Ousmane Pame, Global Ecovillage Network coordinator for West Africa and REDES, the Network for the emergence of ecovillages in the Sahel
Patrick Baronnet who has lived independently with his wife Brigitte for 48 years in Moisdon-la-Rivière, in Loire-Atlantique.
Mathieu Labonne, co-director of Hummingbirds, project coordinator “Oasis”.


Cape Verde: tracking down the drop of water against drought

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The history of this archipelago of 500,000 inhabitants located 500 km west of Senegal is punctuated by deadly famines due to the drought.

Today, even if the country imports 80% of its food, more than half of Cape Verdeans live on agriculture. The sustainable management of the smallest drop of water is a national knowledge that can inspire many countries.

Report on the island of Santiago with Jacques Tavares, researcher at the National Institute for Agrarian Research and Development, responsible for the Directorate of Forestry and Rural Engineering at the Ministry of Agriculture.

(May 3, 2019 replay)


Coronavirus: revealing a system in crisis

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Ultra-globalized logistics chains, (too) interdependent economies, social inequalities, a fragile financial system, the relationship to our material needs … The Coronavirus exposes the flaws of our modernity.

Will this crisis be an opportunity to rethink our relationship with the world? To make the foundations of an ecological transition emerge in the long term?

We talk about it with our guests:

– The risk expert Laurent Aillet and the journalist Laurent Testot, book coordinators Collapse, published by Albin Michel

Gaël Giraud, economist, research director at CNRS

Dominique Bourg, philosopher, honorary professor at the University of Lausanne

Philippe Bihouix, engineer

Vincent Mignerot, founder of the Adrastia association.


Costa Rica: an inspiring model of ecotourism

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1.5 billion people travel to discover a new country each year. A figure that increases by 5% per year, according to the World Tourism Organization.

A financial windfall for the host countries, but at what cost? To avoid the degradation of landscapes and allow local populations to benefit from economic spinoffs, the solution is ecotourism.

Report in southwestern Costa Rica on the Osa Peninsula with Carlos Villalobos from Osa rural tours ; Esther Coronado Silva from the Corcovado El Tigre association ; and Suzanne Preukschat from Losmineros Guesthouse

Guests :
Clementine Concas-Russo, administrator of the association of actors of sustainable tourism made a world tour of responsible tourism for 7 months:
Adeline Lobbes, naturalist guide and consultant in sustainable tourism in Africa.

This report was produced with the support of the European Union.