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.