Created in 1999 in a very specific context
Food crises, in particular the “mad cow” food crisis, not only unsettled farmers, they also generated a need among consumers – who are increasingly urban and removed from nature and agriculture –for reassurance via improved information on the way farmers carry out their profession.
Aware of these expectations, farmers began a period of active reflection that resulted in the creation of the Charter for Good Agricultural Practices in 1999. For the farmer that adheres to the Charter, it is a tool for progressing in and self-evaluating his practices. For the general public, it is a tool for information, a sort of highly transparent “open book” for all, about the way farmers carry out their profession.
The 2012 version: a more precise charter, adapted to today’s profession of farmer
Launched in 1999, the Charter was reviewed in 2003 to include regulations on the farming register and the emergence of Reasoned Agriculture. It was edited once again in 2007 to take into account regulations on the hygiene package, requirements linked to the conditionality of CAP subsidies, and to widen its scope to include veal farmers. The Charter defines good practices to be respected by all farmers whatever their production system and product destination, and has provided guarantees on the farming stage of the sector for over ten years.