Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a French photographer, reporter, director and ecologist.
His book "Earth from Above" (1994), from which a documentary was made in 2004, is a worldwide bestseller.
Gérard Bertrand : Hello everyone and welcome to this sixth live Wine Food & Music today at Château L'Hospitaletthe , today is the day of biodiversity and we have a guest of honor our friend Yann Arthus Bertrand, how are you Yann?
Yann Arthus Bertrand: Hello everyone, thank you for the invitation, I'm delighted to speak from the top of my tree.
Gérard Bertrand: So, yes, I saw that you were in a hut, so you're at home at 15 metres above sea level?
Yann Arthus Bertrand: It's the only place in my house where 4G passes. I have a very bad and disgusting internet connection so I'm delighted to be there.
Gérard Bertrand : I'm going to introduce you to our friends, Chef Laurent Chabert, what did you do for us today, Chef?
Chef Laurent Chabert: I prepared the first tomatoes from the garden with a few flowers, then we're going to make a vegetarian burger with eggplant and tomatoes with a bit of radish and beetroot salad and I made an onion and pink curry sauce and another eggplant with black curry. And then, for dessert, a small jar of chocolate cream, avocado and a crumble.
Gérard Bertrand: So that's a 100% vegetarian menu for you, Yann, because I know you've become a vegetarian.
Yann Arthus Bertrand: Aren't you a vegetarian, Gérard?
Gérard Bertrand: I eat meat once a week, with everything I do I need a little, I've reduced and I eat once a week, my wife has been a vegetarian for a long time so at home it's all vegetables. I see you have bread in front of you, you make bread too?
Yann Arthus Bertrand: It's the bread I made this morning and I was quite surprised to see how easy it is to make bread, it's a real incredible pleasure besides I must say that during my confinement I learned to cook that I cooked every day for my grandchildren as my children were there at school they had no time to cook, so with the application on the internet, I cooked I loved doing that.
Gérard Bertrand: So today we've changed the rhythm of the show a bit, dear friends, because we've brought the musicians into the kitchen and so we're pleased to welcome our opinion Dominique Rieux, who's also the man who's been programming the jazz festival for the past 17 years, and Jean-Michel Cabrol the king of the saxophone, so hello gentlemen, how's it going?
Dominique Rieux & Jean-Michel Cabrol: It's going very well!
Gérard Bertrand: Can you give us a little musical welcome?
Dominique Rieux & Jean-Michel Cabrol: With Pleasure!
Gérard Bertrand: That's going to inspire the Chef!
Gérard Bertrand: Bravo!
Yann Arthus Bertrand: Thank you very much!
Gérard Bertrand: We keep trying to innovate as the Chef is officially still closed since he opens the restaurant only on the 2nd of June, I recommend you to come and have a good time. So Dominique is from Carcassonne and Jean-Michel is from Gruissan, in fact they are touring all over the world and they tour with a lot of famous artists, they toured with Michel Leeb etc.. And I said to the Chef, you have to cook with music. So Yann, it symbolizes for you this special day of biodiversity because you're very committed, I saw that you intervened and said it was really an emergency, do you have a special message today?
Yann Arthus Bertrand: You know, I have the impression that we've been talking about the same things for so many years, so many years. The WWF estimates that we've lost 60% of living things in 40 years. I'm going to be very tough and violent and rude but the Chinese have been giving me a hard time for thirty years, the rhino horn and shark fins, elephant ivory while they have signed international treaties they don't respect them in the Chinese markets you have a lot of animals that are on the IUCN red list so I think it's difficult to prevent poaching in Africa because there are these two that are being watched for corruption but in China we could have lost something much more drastic to prohibit they are going to do it now but I'm quite angry.
Gérard Bertrand: They are problems with swine fever, you know that they have lost 30 or 40% of their herd which is the basis of their food. Don't you think that we have a global problem? I think that if we don't reduce the consumption of animal proteins by 30% we won't be able to do it because the population was 8 billion, we even have problems.
Yann Arthus Bertrand: First of all, since I was born, we've multiplied the world's population by 4, it's crazy, when I was 2 billion and now we're close to 8 billion. Meat consumption is multiplied by eight and fish consumption by eight, and that's the industrial farms, and energy has changed the world, and we have to pay a lot of attention to that. It's estimated that today's gas, the figures are questionable according to Llifehouse and the American NGOs, but very seriously, they believe that gas from industrial farms is a major cause of death.