November 27, 2000 |
About 3,000 people gathered in Marseilles for a barbecue organized by the city's butchers, who handed out free beef to boost consumer confidence amid growing worries over "mad cow" disease. Public fear about the dangers of eating beef reached panic levels in France this fall when it was discovered that potentially infected meat had made it to supermarket shelves.
November 18, 2000 |
The families of two French victims of a brain-wasting affliction filed a lawsuit Friday accusing French, British and European Union authorities of not acting quickly enough to stamp out "mad cow" disease. The suit, filed with investigating magistrates in Paris' county court, alleges that Laurence Duhamel, who died in February at 36 of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and 19-year-old Arnaud Eboli, who is stricken with the deadly disease, were victims of poisoning and involuntary homicide.
September 17, 1999 |
Patrice Vidieu, who tends 75 goats in a green and tranquil corner of France's countryside, has met the enemy of peasants like himself, and it is the McDonald's hamburger. In recent weeks, the maker of tangy goat cheese from Rocamadour and thousands of other small-scale French farmers have been giving the U.S.-based fast-food giant, symbol and agent of the invasion of Europe by American agribusiness and its techniques, a very rough time.
June 8, 1996 |
The town that put mustard on the map is confronting a foreign invasion: Nearly all the seeds that go into the famous spread are imported from Canada. France's top three condiment producers and the Agriculture Ministry have taken to the barricades to resist this assault on culinary patrimony. It is more than faith in the mustard seed that drives these companies.
December 7, 1995
French Fry Exports Soar: The ever-popular U.S. French fry is growing in value and volume on the export market, boosted by demand in East Asia and Latin America. Exports rose 40% in the year ended June 30 from the previous year, reaching $240.9 million, Agriculture Department officials said. It was the 11th consecutive yearly increase. Japan is the leading importer of U.S. French fries, buying $115.2 million worth between July 1994 and June 1995.
December 12, 1993 |
Antoine Lecuyer and John Stegman have no quarrel with one another. Lecuyer, a barrel-gutted, bushy-haired wheat grower from this ancient village southwest of Paris, wants the same things from life as Stegman, his spare and weathered counterpart from the high plains of western Kansas: a decent crop, a fair price, an independent existence and the respect of their countrymen.