Learn about this local initiative during Agroecological Transition and Sustainable Food Month, from September 2 to 30.
Since 2014, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole (M3M ) has supported ways to offer healthier and more locally produced food to as many people as possible.
“We do not have direct responsibility in terms of agricultural production, but Montpellier Métropole can take actions as part of its duties for economic development, territorial development, city planning, and drinking water management,” explains Mylène Fourcade, M3M vice president in charge of agroecology and food. “Our new Territorial Development Plan (SCOT) serves as a foundation for the food policy that Montpellier Métropole would like to help develop,” she adds.
The SCOT development document includes plans to protect about 13,900 hectares of agricultural and natural areas in the Montpellier Métropole territory from excessive urbanization.
Agroecological transition, a priority for Montpellier Métropole
Preventive work is also being carried out to encourage farmers to protect natural resources and stop using chemical products, especially near drinking water catchment areas. Another project is also in progress: development of the www.BoCal.montpellier3m.fr
platform, which unites the different points of sale offering local products – a majority of which are organic – including stores, pickup locations, direct farm sales, and more.
From September 2 to 30, Agroecological Transition and Sustainable Food Month offers an opportunity to discover initiatives launched by associations, producers, and committed citizens, all highlighted through a series of events.
“The highly diverse program is aimed at the growing population, to help raise awareness about projects that have been approved around the Montpellier Métropole area. These projects share a common goal of enabling people to eat locally produced food,” explains Alain Del Vecchio, co-president of the “Semeurs de jardin” (garden planters) network. “Many interesting things are taking place here. We are witnessing a general awakening of awareness.”
M3M’s support is producing results. The First Territorial Conferences on Agroecological Transition and Sustainable Food
, a major event, will be held in the Montpellier Métropole area in February 2019.