From Ireland to France – Felfies

“Felfies” is a contraction of farmers and selfies. It all started in January 2014 when the Irish Farmers Journal launched a photo contest encouraging farmers to send in pictures of themselves at work. Quickly the phenomenon went viral: To follow are RT’s of #felfie pics from across the world. Amazing what we started. Phenomenon has featured in…

Chicken farmers don’t want no porn

Two days ago, the Telegraph posted an article about French Chicken farmers threatening to file a legal case as a porn movie was being shot in their village, thus damaging the brand image of their chicken. The article by Henry Samuel starts like this: “Poultry farmers in a French region famous for its free-range birds…

British mutton beat the French

The Paris Agriculture Fair is not only about French farmers. This year, on the EBLEX  booth (organisation for English beef and sheep industry) we have met with British breeders who were eager to share their talent with their French counterparts.  Here is what we found out: French people eat A LOT of British lambs:  In fact according to EBLEX’s website,…

Sheep breeders and the wolf

This year at the Paris Agriculture Fair, sheep breeders were angry at the wolf. On the opening day, they protested by covering their animals with black veils. “I don’t breed sheep to feed them to the wolf” – Paul, Sheep Breeder from the Bouches du Rhone Over the past 6 years, wolves have killed more…

Urban Farming : how agriculture makes it back to the heart of Paris

As a recently published article from the Huffington Post  suggests, very few people remember that pigs and cows were once running around Paris and that what we now know as the “Banlieue”  (pronounce ban – li – you) or the suburbs, were farm land. Today the idea of re-integrating some rural activities at the heart of…

Who came to the Paris Agriculture Fair this year?

As we have seen previously, the annual Paris Agriculture Fair is quite an important ritual in French politics. As former president Jacques Chirac once put it “Attending it does not guarantee one’s success but failing to show up would be a mistake”. This year was by no means an exception to the rule. See the…