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Agriculture

In Brittany, the victory of the poisoned

After ten years, several employees of Nutréa intoxicated by toxic products in their workplace, in Plouisy, in the Côtes-d’Armor, have finally won their legal battle against the food company. Cover picture: Damien Meyer

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Agriculture Biodiversity

Scallop fishing under an unlucky star

In the waters of the region, thousands of “Marthasterias glacialis” have invited themselves for the holidays. Their appetite for mollusks competes with the activity of fishermen, who find this invasive and unknown species even in their nets. Cover picture: Manon Boquen

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Agriculture

The market gardener of the city hall

Since 2018, the city of Vannes in Brittany has created a municipal organic market gardening company. At the key: a municipal market gardener job that was quickly filled. This one is thus employed by the city hall to produce fruits and vegetables. Strawberries, rhubarb, green beans, tomatoes … Ronan, who took the job in July […]

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Agriculture

Misfortune is in the electromagnetic field

Weakening herds, repeated abortions, animals in poor health… everywhere in France, mysterious disorders are affecting breeders. The reason according to them? The implantation of electrical works near their farms. In 2019, they set up an association and are now fighting to have the damage recognized. Cover picture: Evi T. from Deepl.

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Agriculture Biodiversity

What we sow

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 75% of the world’s food comes from twelve plant and five animal species. The Kaol Kozh association, based in Roscoff, has decided to fight against this decline in biodiversity by cultivating and propagating peasant seeds around it. A constant struggle against powerful agricultural lobbies. […]

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Agriculture Mobilities Rurality

At Paul’s farm, no more every one for himself

They had to remain active during containment, but the mission was no small task. Farmers continued to work under difficult conditions. Paul Thébault, an organic milk producer near Rennes, has for several years now found the answer: he relies on the mutual help of his relatives and neighbours to keep the farm running. A very […]

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Agriculture Biodiversity

In Brittany, the jackdaw attracts the wrath of farmers

Every year in western Brittany, there are more and more jackdaws. This small opportunistic corvid with a grey back takes advantage of the region’s abundant resources, particularly corn, to feast on. Its happiness does not match that of the farmers, who have designated it as an enemy to be killed. Its proliferation, however, is intimately […]

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Agriculture Biodiversity

It doesn’t make the birds laugh

This is the 2018 figure: 33% of birds would have disappeared from agricultural areas in France in fifteen years. This is an alarming observation that professional and amateur ornithologists like to explore in greater depth each year during the sessions of the Temporal Monitoring of Common Birds (STOC) programme. Cover picture: Vincent Leloup.

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Agriculture Biodiversity Employment

Bees give wings to refugees

Since 2016, the Ile-de-France-based association Espero has been working to promote the professional integration of refugees through urban agriculture. And one of the flagship areas it promotes is beekeeping. Ibrahim Karout, of Syrian origin, passes on his know-how on bees to new arrivals in France to help them find work. The association has set up […]

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Agriculture Biodiversity Ecology

On Yeu Island, it’s not easy to embark on farming

Lionelle Arnaud is a chicken breeder on Yeu island. Since she announced her project for an organic hen farm, she has experienced great difficulties in getting her installation off the ground. Several things are involved. The lack of agricultural tradition in Yeu when most of the economic activity comes from fishing and tourism. But also […]