::: 19/03 - As part of the Science and Innovation Breakfast, the Société d'encouragement pour l'industrie nationale is organising a conference on Thursday 19 March 2020, from 9.00 to 10.30 a.m., on the theme "Men and bees: a necessary and demanding cohabitation". Guest: André Fougeroux, Member of the French Academy of Agriculture, and with the kind participation of Arnaud Montebourg, former minister, entrepreneur and co-founder of the Bleu Blanc Ruche repopulation honey brand.
For several years now, Europe has been facing a worrying deterioration in the health of domestic bees. However, the domestic bee is not on the way to extinction, far from it.
The scientific consensus is that this degradation is due to a combination of factors, including varroa mites, viruses, pathogens, depletion of bee feed resources and changes in beekeeping and agricultural practices. All this is taking place in the context of strong international competition on the honey market dominated by China.
All these causes contribute to a highly publicised beekeeping malaise.
Agro Sup Dijon Engineer, agronomy optionAndré Fougeroux has a very complete career in the public sector, then in agricultural development and private companies - INRA Antibes (nematology), Institut Hassan II in Rabat (phytopathology), plant protection service then ACTA, in Paris -, and a very rich curriculum in the crop protection industries - Ciba-Geigy, then Novartis, Syngenta Europe and France -, with varied responsibilities in product development, risk prevention in the fields of biodiversity and good agricultural practices. He is very active in the voluntary sector, working with Vegéphyl, Farre, hunters' federations and beekeeping unions.
He is a member of the French Academy of Agriculture. Several collective works are to his credit as well as numerous publications.