French farmers turned the Champs-Elysées in Paris into a patchwork of tiny farms! It’s a protest by the CNJA, a 50,000-strong union of farmers under 35 (founded in 1949!), who are highly concerned about “falling prices for agricultural produce.”
Of course some of these farmers raise animals, but this expo-protest on the actual Champs-Elysées—which they covered with their own soils and plants!—doesn’t have any animals there, from what I understand.
Imagine if U.S. farmers protested Monsanto by staging a grow-in on the National Mall. Imagine if vegans had a way to unionize. I know it’s a hi-larious joke, the French and their protesting, and some people are just disgusted by union practices, but without unions we’d all be working in the sweatshops where all our nice cheap clothes and bedding and electronics are made in Central America and Asia.
If we value something, we need to show that we value it. If you believe in organic food, buy organic; if you believe in California-grown, buy California-grown. Obviously we compromise our principles to live in reality, but we can strive not to. The vegan “agenda” is idealistic, but it’s certainly worth pursuing. We all have to try to adjust the version of the world we want with the way the world is; that shouldn’t stop us from trying to make improvements.
∞ posted at 08:00 by time-for-naps