France teaches Agriculture in High Speed Trains

For Easter, French High Speed Trains (TGV) transform into ambassadors of Agriculture. The initiative was launched last year by the SNCF (National Railways Company) and the association Passion Céréales. The idea is to use trains, which run across all of France and transports hundreds of thousands of passengers daily, as a way to raise awareness about…

The French want to eat FAT

Following slow food initiatives, French consumers formed the Amicale du Gras (Fat Friendly Association). Together, they encourage people to stop removing the fat from the meat they eat. Here is an extract and translation of the AFP wire that was diffused by the French press: “Enough of those people who remove the fat. Without fat ,…

Interview: Journalism and farming life

Agriculture and farming life are topics that are seldom covered by mainstream media and when they are talked about, it is often in a somewhat uninformed or cliché way. In answer to that, some farmers have decided to use the social media to speak directly to the public but in there is also a new…

Charcuterie Diplomacy II : Russia bans EU Pork

  After China and France settled diplomatic issues over cold cuts, it is now Russia’s turn to get its hands in the pig business. Vexed by the Ukrainian crisis, the Russians have decided to… snob European pork. Yes, pork again. Charcuterie really seems at the heart of international relations these days. Here’s what happened :  On…

Interview Depardon Nougaret – The Modern Life

Following my previous post about Raymond Depardon’s work and his contribution to unveiling the complex relationship between French identity and rurality, here is an interview that was published with the Modern Life movie press kit: What was the initial idea for this long-term project? Raymond Depardon: I spent my childhood on a farm and it…

Raymond Depardon

Raymond Depardon is a French photographer, journalist and documentary film maker. Although he has covered the news from all over the world for Gamma Agency (which he created in 1966) and for Magnum, his real passion is for rural France where he originates from. Towards the end of his career, Depardon has allowed himself to…

Paris Guerilla Gardening

Following the worldwide movement of Guerilla Gardening operations are being organised to turn Paris green. Guerilla Gardening Guerilla gardening is a protest movement which started in the 1970’s in the United States. The basic idea is for people to regain control over the urban environment through the plantation of different types of fruits and vegetables…