Why the price of meat in France could be about to go up

You might soon find yourself forking out more for your Charolais steak and your Toulouse sausages. Here's why.

Why the price of meat in France could be about to go up
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It's no secret that summer 2018 in France was hot and dry. 
And while it might not be immediately clear what that has to do with the price of meat going up, if you listen to the appeals of French farmers it has everything to do with it. 
Farmers cooperatives in France have been urging food manufacturers and distributors to raise how much they pay livestock farmers for their meat to take into account the soaring costs of animal feed as a result of the drought seen over the summer. 
It turns out that French livestock farmers are struggling due to the increase cost of the grains they use to feed their animals because harvests in France and northern Europe have been badly hit by the dry weather. 
And the numbers do seem startling. 
According to French farmers' cooperative Coop de France, the price of wheat went up by 35.5 percent between August 2017 and August 2018, rapeseed has gone up 30 percent in the same time and maize by 14.2 percent — all of which are ingredients for animal feed.  
“These increases lead to increased production costs for animal products, particularly in the pig, rabbit and poultry sectors,” explains Coop de France.
As a result, Coop de France is asking producers and distributors in the meat industry to take into account the increase in production costs when it comes to the selling price.
The farmers' cooperative believe their costs may rise even further towards the end of the year, so you can expect your Christmas turkey to be a little pricier this year.

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French hunter kills bear that bit him

A 70-year-old hunter killed a bear in southwest France Saturday after it attacked and seriously wounded him, local officials said.

A brown bear is pictured in the semi-wildlife animal park of Les Angles, southwestern France.
Brown bears had nearly disappeared in France until the country began a reintroduction programme, importing them from Slovenia. AFP PHOTO / RAYMOND ROIG

The female bear, who was travelling with her cubs, bit him as he was hunting in the Seix region of Ariege, a source close to the case said.

Rescued by the local gendarmerie, he was transported to the intensive care unit of a hospital in Toulouse with a wound to his leg at the level of his femoral artery, officials at the prefecture in Ariege said.

One source close to the case said he was in a serious condition.

The hunter told local officials he had been out with a group of other hunters on the trail of a boar, when the female bear, who was travelling with her cubs, attacked him.

After being wounded, the hunter shot the bear twice, killing it.

The local gendarme unit was called out to rescue him at around 3:30 pm (1430 GMT). They discovered the body of the bear a few metres from where they had found the hunter.

An investigation has been opened into the incident, the prefecture in Ariege said.

One local official told AFP on Saturday: “This is really what we feared.”

“Today, you can really see that cohabitation is complicated,” said Christine Tequi, president of the Ariege department council.

The brown bear had nearly disappeared in this part of the world when France began a programme of reintroducing them, importing them from Slovenia.

Today, there are around sixty of them in the Pyrenees range, leading to increasing tensions with local farmers, because of the threat they pose to their livestock.

In 2020, three bears were illegally killed in the Pyrenees: two of them in Spain and one in France. The French government has committed to replacing any bear killed by a man.

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