It’s almost Christmas and for some, it smells a little too much of the tree. The Morvan collective, a group of around 100 inhabitants of the region, denounces the intensive cultivation of this Christmas tree.
A danger for biodiversity
The Morvan is the first producing region of Christmas trees in France. For the Morvan collective, it is urgent to alert consumers to the environmental consequences of this purchase. “_These cultures are chemically treated and up to nine times a year_. So it pollutes nature, water, land and it impacts the life of insects and birds who have less reserves for their nests.“, gets angry Muriel André, member of the collective.
Cultures have multiplied for five years
With his companion, Pascal Fichot, also a member of the Morvan collective, they live in Nièvre in the Morvan forest. They see with sadness the landscape changing rapidly, “cultures have multiplied for five years, says Muriel André. There are even breeders who sell their livestock to produce Christmas trees, razed forests to cultivate them. or destroyed groves.”
A label to “pollute with impunity”
By 2022, the Morvan Christmas tree could benefit from a Controlled Geographical Indication (IGP). Operators tired of “fir bashing” applied for this labeling last November with the objective of having their know-how recognized. According to them, their request could be successful within a year.
“This will not change the destruction of biodiversity and it will make it possible to pollute with complete impunity. How can we give a reward to those who pollute?“quipped Muriel André.
Frédéric Naudet, the leading producer of Christmas trees in France, is one of the producers who initiated this labeling request. “This label will be a commitment to stop using fungicides and insecticides so these are two types of phytosanitary less used in this crop“, procrastinates Frédéric Naudet.