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…

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…

Farmers 2.0

According to Mon veau s’appelle Hashtag (my veal is called Hashtag) a recent webdocumentary by French radio France Info, 6 out of 10 French farmers use the internet on a daily basis. They are particularly active on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Vine or Instagram and use their smart phones to regularly upload content. At first this…

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…