An independent study, finalized by the “Bureau d’analyse sociétale pour une information citoyenne” (Basic) for WWF and Greenpeace France, was presented to the press on 28 September. The study recognized the Comté chain as one of the most advanced in terms of “environmental and socio-economic benefits”.
The study classifies the Comté engagements at the same level of the organic agriculture demanding requirements. The results recognize the PDO Comté as a virtuous model (in terms of agricultural approach as well as functioning of the chain) and highlight its benefits with respect to the environment (quality of soils, air and biodiversity), as well as to the socio-economic equity (social cohesion, decent standard of living and human health).
The study focuses on 11 emblematic French approaches to food sustainability (Organic Agriculture, Demeter, Bio Equitable France, HVE, C’est qui le Parton, Agriconfiance, Label Rouge, etc.) reviewed according to 14 sustainability criteria distributed equally between the environment (biodiversity, soil and water quality, etc.) and socioeconomic aspects (working conditions, standard of living, social cohesion, etc.).
With a score of 10 out of 12, the PDO Comté is at the top of the ranking, together with Bio Equitable France. The adopted methodology, extremely rigorous, is based on official sources such as product specifications or scientific publications.
Please find here the complete study and its website.
The full version of the press release is available here (only in French).