18 May 2010

French Farm Aid

Filed under: Culture, Reflections — ktismatics @ 8:38 am

Interesting economic news from France:

“Supermarkets have agreed to cut their profit margins on fruit and veg to help producers make ends meet… Supermarkets that do not follow the new rules will be sanctioned with a higher tax rate on the land they own.”

See the rest of the story here. In contrast to the dominance of corporate farming in the US, the traditional small family farm still predominates in France.



  1. Good for France, I say!

    Farmers are hit hard by the power of the supermarkets in the UK too. The leading supermarket, Tesco, pockets £1 in every £8 spent in Britain. There’s no arguing with that money. They have dairy farmers, in particular, over a barrel. The Government never intervenes because it would disrupt the market or something. Most produce is either heavily industrialised or imported. The Icelandic volcanic ash cloud was getting people panicking because the media was whipping everyone up about imported Kenyan broccoli running out.

    There is a thriving organic and farmers’ market “scene” in many parts of Britain – but it has been reborn in the face of food industrialisation as “specialist” with very specialist prices. The French just demand proper bread, rather than cardboard, as a staple.

    I was once in a pub in the Holborn/City (financial district) and trying to get the toilet when this berk in a suit blocked my way in a slightly drunk jokey sort of manner. Then his younger comrades started doing the same thing in a displeasingly subservient kind of way. I thought I’d seen his face before, but only remembered a few days later: it was Sir Terry Leahy, chief executive of Tesco. You see: bullying does get you to the top!


    Comment by NB — 21 May 2010 @ 6:59 am

  2. Good for France, I agree.

    “this berk in a suit”

    Pissing on his shoes probably wouldn’t have gone so well for you. I hope at least you dumped all your shares in his miserable firm and that you remember to sneer slightly when his name is mentioned at the club. I had to look up “berk,” which isn’t used in America. It is used in France, although its etymology is different. From the Larousse:

    “BERK ou BEURK — Exprime le dégoût, l’écœuerement. Berk! C’est dégoûtant, ce truc-là!


    Comment by ktismatics — 21 May 2010 @ 8:49 am

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