“My passion for nature stems from my earliest childhood when I spent my holidays with my grandfather, former Sub-Director of Haras Nationaux, who bred sheep and limousin cattle. It was due to this “original” attachment to the land that I ended up studying agriculture.
It was in the 70s, as a young student and already a supporter of “Nature et Progrès”- the Belgian association for the protection of the environment -, that my adventures began, starting with a “hippie” pottery course in the Rouergue and continuing in Kiev, at the international breeders’ show, along with Interagra and the famous Jean-Baptiste Doumeng. They then took me to Dorset, in the south of England, where I worked as a trainee on a large farm and wrote a dissertation on crossbreeding between dairy and meat breeds. Finally, I spent two years at the Sidi Bel Abbes National Institute of Agronomic Research, in Algeria, where I taught as part of my active national service.