They splashed soup The Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum in Paris on January 28, interrupted a debate at the European Bioethics Forum in Strasbourg ten days later, and have just reiterated their Parisian action on a painting by Monet, Spring, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon. Actions claimed by Riposte Alimentaire. But then, what is this movement? What are the demands? 20 minutes takes stock with Till, an active local member of this new campaign.
What does Food Response mean?
Food Response is a “civil resistance campaign that aims to drive radical societal change on a climatic and social level,” explains Till. In total, there are between 300 and 500 active members in this campaign.
The movement was created as a continuation of Last renovation, which acted for a year and a half on the issue of thermal renovation of buildings. Considering that this issue had seen major progress, both in terms of media coverage and in terms of political commitments – such as the 1.6 billion euro increase in the budget for my PrimeRénov’ – the members of the collective opted to “change course” and “go to another subject”, food.
What are the demands?
This new campaign, which wishes to “warn about the coming climate and social crisis”, calls for “the integration of food into the general Social Security system”. It was voted on among five other proposals at the end of last year, confides the activist.
“We base ourselves on three pillars,” explains Till. First, universality. Each resident, regardless of their social condition, will benefit from a Vitale food card worth 150 euros per month. Then, the democratic convention. The principle would be to have autonomous local funds which would make it possible to purchase approved products and democratically selected by citizen assemblies informed of ecological and agricultural issues. And finally, with the same operation as for Social Security, financing will be done through a system of employee and employer contributions, thus ensuring fair distribution. » Food Response then asks the State to release a budget allowing communities to open these funds.
How long will this campaign last?
According to the active member, a campaign is not destined to last “ten years”. “In general, we estimate that it is around two years,” he explains. It varies depending on the political and societal context. The duration of the campaign also depends on the media. Are they interested in our demands, in our actions, in the right way? We evaluate all that. If we find that we have done what is necessary, we take on another fight to try to make things happen. »
What are the modes of action?
Hands stuck on the asphalt in the middle of a road, attaching themselves to the net during a tennis match at Roland Garros or even throwing paint on buildings. Riposte Alimentaire has been carrying out the same type of actions as Last Renovation since the start of its campaign. This weekend, it was soup on a Monet in Lyon but “lots of other actions are coming in lots of other cities in France”, warns the activist.
He adds: “Food Response is part of the A22 international network deployed in twelve countries which includes Just Stop Oil and Aterställ Vatmarker, known for these disruptive modes of action. They are made to alert. We aim to put essential subjects on the table in the media space. » Faced with criticism, Till recalls that the “goal of these campaigns is to talk about the substance and that citizens take up these themes”.
So what’s the point of throwing soup on a painting board?
“It’s a plus if our actions can have symbolism and a direct link with the claim,” continues Till. Sometimes, this is not possible, so the goal is just to have clear processes that work, and behind that, have time to speak, media space to be able to talk about the claim. That is the most important. Talking about form doesn’t interest us, it’s just a way of having access to speech and provoking questions, getting the population to think about the battles we defend. »
“There is a journey to be made, it can take its time. But gradually, the more we are interested in it, the more we understand,” concludes the member of the Lyon collective who invites all curious people to come to the public meetings of information.