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Fruit and vegetable vendor at the Ribeira covered market in Lisbon. © INRA, NICOLAS Bertrand

Contributing to improvements in living conditions for citizens: INRA and the CLCV announce their partnership

INRA and the French consumer association CLCV (Consommation, Logement et Cadre de Vie; Consumption, Housing and Living Conditions) have just signed a partnership agreement designed to contribute to improving the living conditions of citizens, notably through the development of more sustainable food supplies.

Updated on 03/14/2017
Published on 12/02/2016

The CLCV focuses its activities on defending consumers and the environment and enabling a fairer and more united society. INRA's mission-oriented research targets healthy and high quality foods, sustainable agriculture and preserving and valorising the environment. This agreement materialises their reciprocal interest in exchanging information and implementing common actions.

In the context of its orientation document for 2015-2025, INRA has notably fixed an objective to develop actions that will enable constructive dialogue between research scientists and actors in civilian, non-market society. Signature of the agreement with the CLCV is a good illustration of this approach.  The agreement identifies several areas of joint interest, which include reducing food waste, changes to our meat-eating habits or improving the quality of fruits and vegetables, from their production to their consumption.

The agreement signed today formalises a collaboration that started several years ago in the form of joint actions: discussion groups between scientists and CLCV volunteers concerning the acquisition of food preferences, and a seminar on the subject of taxing foods and environmental goods. A joint research project was also initiated on food and environmental labelling, the results of which should be presented during the first half of 2017.

Philippe Mauguin, President of INRA, explains: "Consumers lie at the heart of food systems. Our research to ensure healthy and sustainable foods, and to support farmers who will have to feed more than 9 billion people while preserving the planet and in a context of climate change, will benefit from their critical eye, their questions and their participation. That is why this partnership agreement with the CLCV is very important to us. It will allow us to sustain our exchanges of views and jointly develop and implement new actions".

The newly-elected President of the CLCV, Jean-Yves Mano, recalled that "the CLCV has always taken particular interest in food issues.  We have always made sure that we base our work on feedback from consumers and the work of volunteer investigators in the field. We feel it is very important to discuss these issues with INRA's scientific community, thus enabling us to combine rigour and practicality under an original approach".

Press Relations:
INRA News Office (33 (0)1 42 75 91 86), François Carlier – General Delegate of the CLCV (33 (0)6 12 41 18 01)