Director In the name of the land, a surprise success of 2019, Edouard Bergeon, the son of a farmer, has been particularly involved in the ecological cause for many years. In 2022 he launches the online platform Auomdelatere.tv, offer of programs dedicated to the agricultural world. In the continuity of his commitment, the former journalist agrees to dub the documentary Regeneration mission, currently in theaters. The film addresses the importance of soil conservation in the fight against global warming. On this occasion Bulles de Culture met the director.
“France has the most sustainable agriculture in the world”
Culture bubbles: You are familiar with the world of documentaries with your Au nomdelatere.tv platform. What stands out Regeneration mission compared to other works on the same theme?
Edoardo Bergeon: Most environmental documentaries are pessimistic. But Regeneration mission is full of hope. At the beginning, we start with a very harsh observation on the impoverishment of the soil. But quickly, we are told that solutions exist, particularly to save the soil. Agriculture is often criticized in ecology. But agriculture is also the first opportunity to capture carbon and solve the problem of global warming. We are what we eat.
Culture bubbles: Did you know the concept of regenerative agriculture?
Edoardo Bergeon: Regenerative culture, agroecology, all this is synonymous. These are techniques that farmers have been experimenting with for some years. It has been 20 years since we stopped plowing in France. Now we need to help farmers go further.
Culture bubbles: Is France ahead in the field of regenerative culture?
Edoardo Bergeon: You can see it clearly in the documentary. France is far ahead of the rest of the world. Americans came to visit us to help them develop their regenerative agriculture thanks to Stéphane Le Foll, then Minister of Agriculture, who worked on an international program. France has the most sustainable agriculture in the world.
Culture bubbles: however there is still room for improvement …
Edoardo Bergeon: Of course. But it is not only the farmer who must progress. The consumer must also pay attention to what he eats. It does not have to be the farmer who foot the bill for the ecological transition. They must be accompanied: the state, consumers.
” We need to put the human at the center”
Culture bubbles: However, we see that regenerative agriculture is not at the expense of farmers who see their yields increase.
Edoardo Bergeon: Yes, but there is the same transition time. Who pays for the years of preparation in which the farmer switches to agroecology? He is already very tense in the middle. We also see currents claiming to stop eating meat in the name of protecting the environment. However, livestock farming is essential in regenerative agriculture. The documentary is important because it shows that herds are essential to nourish the soil.
Culture bubbles: What should we focus on to make the ecological transition a success?
Edoardo Bergeon: We need to put the human at the center. With an urbanizing France, the consumer loses sight of the fact that behind the chicken in a tray are workers who get up early to make sure they are fed. Regeneration mission it should be distributed to all schools.
Culture bubbles: You immediately agreed to commit Regeneration mission ?
Edoardo Bergeon: When I was offered to dub the documentary, I jumped at the opportunity. It wasn’t very complicated for me. I come from a journalistic background. So I’m used to doing voiceovers. This documentary responds to the continuity of everything I have been defending for years. My approach is always the same when I accept this type of project: education. On the occasion of the promotion around the release of the film, I also met large French food companies who want to show the film to all their employees.
Review / “Mission Regeneration” (2022): a solution to save the planet
Interview conducted on November 10 by telephone