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Return to self-sufficiency in food-loving France
熱愛飲食的法國 回歸自給自足

Vegetables from the vegetable kitchen garden installed on the roof of La Mutualite building in Paris, France on July 23.
這張七月二十三日攝於巴黎的照片,呈現種植在La Mutualite大廈頂樓蔬菜廚房花園的蔬菜。

Photo: Reuters
照片:路透

Like many in food-loving France, Jerome and Marylin are serious about what goes on their plates — tired of factory-farmed goods and pricey organic foods.

They bought an old farm deep in the countryside of northeastern France and launched a new life as small-scale farmers in May last year.

Since then, they have reclaimed a progressively larger share of the food they and their two sons eat, producing it themselves instead of buying it at the store.

Jerome said his goal is to “return to a reasonable approach” to food by cutting down the family’s intake of pesticides.

“I don’t trust today’s agriculture anymore,” he added. “I want to actually do something, because just talking about it won’t change the system.”

They are not militant environmentalists.

Still, some of their relatives find their new life bizarre, they said.

But France, a country whose culinary culture runs deep, is increasingly concerned about the impact of industrial agriculture on the food people eat.

(Liberty Times)

就像許多熱愛飲食的法國人,傑羅姆與瑪莉蓮很講究他們的盤中物—厭倦了工廠量產的產品與昂貴的有機食物。

他們買下一個位於法國東北部農村深處的老農莊,從去年五月起展開小型農夫的新生活。

從那時開始,他們逐步擴大靠自己製作而非從店裡買的食物,供應他們自己及兩個兒子吃。

傑羅姆說他的目標是藉由降低家庭的殺蟲劑攝取量,「回歸理性的飲食方法」。

「我不再信任現今的農業」他說。「我想要切實地做些事情,因為清談改變不了體制。」

他們不是好戰的環保主義者。

不過他們說,有些親戚認為這樣的新生活很怪異。

但在烹飪文化深植的法國,正逐漸注重農業工業化對人們所吃食物的影響。

(自由時報/翻譯:詹立群)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. pricey adj.

昂貴的 (ang2 gui4 de5)

例: Houses are pricey in this area of the city.

(該城區的房價很貴。)

2. reclaim v.

開墾;開拓 (kai1 ken3; kai1 tuo4)

例: The Hong Kong airport is built on reclaimed land.

(香港機場是建於海埔新生地。)

3. culinary adj.

烹調的;廚房用的 (peng1 tiao2 de5; chu2 fang2 yong4 de5)

例: A chef does not give away all his culinary secrets.

(大廚不會透露他全部的烹飪秘訣。)


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