Sunday, May 23, 2010

Putting The Champs Back In Champs-Elysées

Paris celebrated "urban farming" its own way this weekend, showcasing the best of France's farming on the Champs-Elysées, transformed for the occasion into "a vast garden of flowers, herbs and crops, and replete with farm animals," writes the NYT. An initiative "by the young farmers' union to underline France's traditional ties to the land, and the struggle to survive a big drop in their incomes," adds Times correspondent and France connoisseur Charles Bremner.

The "exhibit" demonstrates how France has become like America -- a country where industrial concerns have taken over agricultural production; where food travels a ridiculous amount of miles before ending in consumers' plates; where the producer-consumer connection got lost, for everyone's worst. All so *not* French. Slideshow here. Further review/photos by I Prefer Paris. Background.
photos : 1/3 via Libération - 3. I Prefer Paris

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