Claude Ménara was an icon within the early 2000s. The icon of the pro-GMO combat in New Aquitaine, who usually suffered the wrath of the antis. At his house in Grézet-Cavagnan (two quick kilometers from the Marmande motorway exit), José Bové, accompanied by 300 mowers, uprooted 12 hectares of GMO corn on September 2, 2006. “I used to be in Canada that day…”, recollects Claude Ménara who has not moved since.
Each geographically and ideologically, he stays the pope of corn in Lot-et-Garonne, together with his 500 hectares of floor distributed within the Landes of Gascogne (additionally devoted to peas, wheat, inexperienced beans) and he militates to combat in opposition to drought by water storage, digitization, robotics and genetics.
“Irrigation is attacked within the ax by the promoters of the desert. Water is life, it’s high quality, it’s amount, it’s sustainable improvement. Some say that we water the roads (sighs). We handle irrigation as actual technicians. We put the water that have to be, when it’s essential, the place it’s essential, in the course of the hours that are imposed on us by the prefecture in periods of restrictions, respecting the cubic meters that are allotted to us. We observe reasoned irrigation, with capacitive probes. And all due to computerized programs. Digital and robotics are basic for the way forward for our occupation. They permit me to manage the slightest hectare of my farm. After which, I remind all of those detractors that we pay for water. And this to feed the entire planet,” [Ménara says.]
[Editor’s note: This article has been translated from French and edited for clarity.]