Sunday, May 23, 2010

Struggling Farmers Turn Famous Paris Street Into Urban Farm

(picture via Gawker via AP)

A French farmer's union, Jeunes Agriculteurs ("Young Farmers"), took over part of the Champs Elysees street in Paris this weekend to demand government support amid "falling prices and climbing production costs" in the French agricultural industry.

Although it's only 3-4% of national GDP, agriculture is still a significant industry in France.

Since the early 1970s, the agricultural labor force has diminished by about 60%. France, whose farms export more agricultural food products than any other EU nation (account for 22% of the EU's total agricultural output), is the only country in Europe to be completely self-sufficient in basic food production; moreover, the high quality of the nation's agricultural products contributes to the excellence of its famous cuisine.

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