the FNSEA alerts on the economic situation of the food sector

Aurélien Fleurot, edited by Juliette Moreau Alvarez

The FNSEA is sounding the alarm: the food industry is not spared by the rise in energy costs, which has a heavy impact on the activity of professionals. The French shopping basket could increase by 15% if the situation continues. The federation calls on the state to intervene.

The food industry is calling for help. Representatives of supermarkets, industrialists and farmers speak with one voice in denouncing the disproportionate rise in energy costs. On the consumer, these increases could have a serious consequence such as 15% more expensive shopping baskets. Henri Bies-Péré, the vice-president of the National Federation of Farmers’ Unions (FNSEA), is a dairy farmer in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. For him, the state must act.

“There must be state intervention”

“On the price increase, there is an urgent need to make decisions,” he warns. “There must be the intervention of the State, either to limit the increase in energy prices, or to compensate for it with direct aid.” Henri Bies-Péré mentions a third solution, which does not delight either producers or consumers: “or else, we must that these additional costs are passed on to consumers. And there, probably the state will have to intervene with the consumer so that he can still have access to food, especially for those with the lowest incomes.

For the vice-president of the FNSEA, if this situation continues, professionals in the sector will have to face many dilemmas. “The choice will be up to the farmer. Do I buy young animals to fatten them, knowing that I will pay more expensive feed and more expensive energy, or do I not fill my building But behind, if the farmer does not fill his building, it is food that will be missing on the shelves in four to six months, the time for appropriate fattening of the animals. A very insoluble equation.