Lavender, a Natural Heritage to Protect

Provence cannot be dissociated from lavender, which dresses with its blue-violet tones the hills and mountains of the region. It’s a precious natural, cultural and economic gem that could well disappear. Here’s why.
By Caroline Taret

Via this film, we have attempted to understand the threat that hangs over the lavender of Provence. By going to meet the actors of this industry who are getting involved in this important combat, Stéphane Morard in the town Lagarde d'Apt explains the state of lavender in Provence to us and his will to pursue, whatever the cost, farming of the “blue-gold” on his mountain. Thanks to the five-year contract that he has just signed with L'Occitane, his crops are saved. This action is crucial to the Provençale brand, which has developed thanks to the precious ingredients that are cultivated in Provence. Its founder Olivier Baussan is president of the endowment fund put in place by industry actors to finance research on the problems; research now led by the French fragrant plants research organization the CRIEPPAM in Volx in Haute Provence. Its director Eric Chaisse explains how a leafhopper, by feeding itself, introduces phytoplasma in to the lavender branches. He evokes with us solutions that have already been explored and shares ongoing research. Important encounters that highlight the problem as much as the devotees who keep on fighting.

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