Eating organic and local, entertainment in Eure

The event poster (©Bio Center)

In the Centre-val de Loire nearly fifty events have been held since the beginning of September and until October 2, 2022. So many opportunities to (re)discover the fundamentals that make organic farming a good practice for the planet and for your health!

After having doubled between 2015 and 2020, organic sales slowed in 2021, particularly in general distribution and for certain sections, such as the dairy and eggs. Direct sales and craftsmen-traders remain dynamic.

6.6% of household consumption

In 2021, 6.6% of food consumption of French households is devoted to organic products. The value of purchases of food products from organic farming (13 billion euros) fell by 1.3% compared to 2020 and general food consumption by 2.6%.

During the health crisis and confinements, a very strong boom was observed for local products. However, consumers are now moving more towards prepared or purchased products.

There is still a lack of knowledge of the importance of consuming organic and local products and the benefits of organic which has positive effects on:

  • The health of consumers by protecting them from a large number of pesticides present
    in conventional products
  • The quality of the soil, air and water, by preserving them from these same pesticides, but
    also mineral fertilizers which massively pollute groundwater.
  • Employment, organic farms favoring human labor over chemical intervention.

The proliferation of pseudo-labels based on specifications that are much less demanding than those for organic farming generates confusion that is detrimental to consumers. As the IPCC reports are more and more alarming and the environmental impact is becoming more and more of a societal issue, it is essential to make consumers aware of the impact they can have for our planet and for their own health through their food consumption.

BioCentre

An event to raise consumer awareness

For sixteen years, farmers and players in organic farming have been mobilizing through events throughout the territory to help people discover or rediscover organic and its virtues, as well as local players in short circuits.

Organic Centre–Loire Valley locally coordinates the national campaign of the network of the National Federation of Organic Agriculture.

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With all the actions carried out, the ecosystem hopes to “make A + B understand all the added value of an AB label and thus make new consumers aware of organic and local products. »

In 2022, Bio Center wanted to highlight the fundamentals of organic farming. Nearly fifty actions open to all have taken place since September 3 in the six departments of the region.

A contest was also organized to win 20 vouchers worth €25 for organic products. Participants will be able to answer questions on the dedicated site on topics such as the benefits of organic, biodiversity, greenhouse gases.

This contest also helps to retain the interest of organic for them and the environment. All participants will participate in the draw regardless of the number of correct answers provided. The objective is indeed to promote access for as many people as possible to knowledge of organic farming and its positive externalities.

An action led by the Bio Center network

Events throughout the region to invite people to discover or rediscover the organic sector, which has been declining since 2021
Events throughout the region to invite people to discover or rediscover the organic sector, which has been declining since 2021 (©Illustration – AdobeStock – Sonja Birkelbach)

Bio Centre, a regional interprofessional association created in 2007, brings together and represents the players in the organic agricultural sector in the Centre-Val de Loire region.

Producers, industrial processors or artisans, wholesale or retail distributors,
consumers and any other institutional actor (Chambers of Agriculture, management, training organization, etc.) are called upon to join this space for consultation and contribute to the construction of a sustainable regional sector (viable, livable, fair).

Bio Center coordinates the Bio Centre-Val de Loire Network: 6 Groups of organic farmers (GAB) and an awareness association (BioBerry), i.e. 684 members and 27 employees, including 15 at Bio Center (early 2021).

Organic: the key figures of the Centre-Val de Loire

Organic areas: 110,190 ha
– Expensive: 26,759 ha
– Eure et Loir: 13,007 ha
– Indre: 22,978 hectares
– Indre and Loire: 22,222 ha
– Loir et Cher: 12,606 hectares
– Loiret: 12,618 hectares
Share of organic land in the agricultural area of ​​the region: 4.7%
– Expensive: 6.1%
– Eure and Loir: 2.9%
– India: 5.1%
– Indre and Loire: 6.5%
– Loir and Cher: 4.3%
– Loiret: 3.6%
Farms committed to organic: 1920
– Expensive: 383
– Eure and Loir: 198
– Indre: 283
– Indre and Loire: 532
– Loir and Cher: 287
– Loiret: 237
Share of farms in the region committed to organic: 9.3%
– Expensive: 11.9%
– Eure and Loir: 5.3%
– India: 7.4%
– Indre and Loire: 14.3%
– Loir and Cher: 9.9%
– Loiret: 7.5%

All events until October 2 in Centre-Val de Loire

█ Expensive

Tuesday, September 204:45 p.m., Collège Littré (Bourges): Presentation of the Engaged Organic Establishment Label to the College to reward the commitment of the self-catering kitchen teams to organic food.

Saturday September 24ChateauFer farm (Bruère – Allichamps): Cooking workshop to learn how to cook lactofermented products by the Fanes school (24 places available by reservation)

Saturday September 24, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Halle au Blé (Bourges): Organic and local market in the presence of around thirty producers and craftsmen from Cher with the Agriculture Biologique label. Catering possible on site and musical entertainment.

█ Eure and Loir

Saturday September 2410 a.m., Chardon, Nogent le Rotrou (1 place Saint-Pol): Culinary entertainment, tasting, musical entertainment, meeting of producers on the occasion of the three years of Chardon.

Sunday October 2, Ferme du Colombier, Néron (2 rue d’Ormoi): Market attended by around twenty organic and local producers. Guided tour of the farm and discovery of organic farming at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

█ Indre

Wednesday September 2110 a.m. – 1 p.m., Ferme Perreau, Issoudun (1 route de Châteauroux): Tasting of organic bread from Tartine Berrichonne

Friday September 2310 a.m. – 1 p.m., Ferme Perreau, Issoudun (1 route de Châteauroux):
Discovery of the farm and discussion with the producer.

Friday September 234 p.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturday 24 September, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., GAEC La Ferme Magnyfestante (2 le Châtaignier Carabin, Le Magny): Organic market with vegetables from the farm and guided tours of the market gardens every hour.

Saturday September 249 a.m. – 6 p.m., Lignac (lieu-dit Lavaud): Demonstration of flour production and preparation of 100% organic and local bread by a farmer baker.

Sunday September 25, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Petit Montboury, Déols (route de Beaumont): Visit to an organic farm on the city’s drinking water catchment, exchanges, orders for organic baskets. On registration by email ([email protected]).

█ Indre and Loire

Until Sunday, September 25Biocoop (Bourgueil): Tasting of local products in store.

Until Sunday, September 259 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil (1875 route de
Tours, impasse de la Villatte): Free wine tourism sessions without appointment (except for groups).

Thursday, September 22, 12 p.m., Oats (15 rue Michel Bouchet). Realization of an organic vegetarian meal for the students.

Thursday September 227:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Biocoop Biocité, Tours (6 rue Emile Zola): Tasting of organic and local wines and cheeses with explanation of the different organic labels.

Friday September 236 p.m. – 7.30 p.m., Chambray lès Tours sports center (9 rue Rolland Pilain): Presentation of AMAP Jack Be Little, meeting with producers, tasting of local and organic products.

█ Loir et Cher

Thursday September 225 p.m., Azé market (24 impasse Saint Pierre): Tasting of organic and local products.

█ Loiret

Wednesday September 21Your organic grocery store in La Ferté Saint Aubin (18 route de Ligny):
Discovery of the benefits and uses of little-known ingredients (spices, seeds, etc.)

Friday September 235.30 p.m., Gâtinais AMAPP (Le Petit Mocquepoix, Cortrat):
Market of local producers and artisans. Light catering on site

Friday September 236 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., AGORA at Beaugency (59 avenue de Vendôme):
Farmer’s market, concert, entertainment and catering possible on site to discover the life of AMAP Terres de Loire.

Saturday September 249 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Ferme les petits fruits du Gâtinais (1 rue du Vieux Château, Moulinet-sur-Solin): Pruning of raspberries and blackcurrants, tasting and sale of products made from their berries.

Saturday September 248.30 a.m. – 11 p.m., urban market garden farm in Châlette sur Loing (rue Jean Lamy): Country market (8.30 a.m. – 6 p.m.) followed by a picnic in the fields (7.30 p.m. – 9 p.m.) and an outdoor screening (9.30 p.m. – 11 p.m.).

Sunday September 2510 a.m. – 6 p.m., the Perrières farm (165 rue des Perrières, Saint Hilaire Saint Mesmin): Visit of the farm, farmers’ market, catering and refreshments, association stands.

Sunday September 258 a.m. – 6 p.m., the Perrières farm (165 rue des Perrières, Saint Hilaire Saint Mesmin): Tasting and sale of organic biscuits, continuous production of pralines.

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