why a divine landscape photo posted on Twitter is prompting a debate on intensive agriculture

A journalist from the newspaper l’Opinion posted on Twitter a photo of an agricultural landscape located in Aube on November 12. It caused countless hateful comments that revealed a certain view of the rural world. We explain to you.

It all started on November 12 at 1:04 pm Emmanuelle Ducros, journalist at L’Opinion and columnist at Europe 1, specializing in agriculture, posted on his Twitter feed followed by 105 000 people, a picture in the agricultural landscape. There is only a caption. This country is so beautiful.”

He was on a long weekend with friends who live in the Pays d’Othe. A sector of the Aube, located about twenty kilometers from Troyes, and less than two hours from Paris. Exactly prized for its landscapes. The photo shows lush green fields in mid-November, a bitumen departmental road running through the middle. A tree is broken in the background on a hill. All against a backdrop of blue sky.

A few minutes later, a wave of hate started on this comment. “Straight fields, not a fence, a poor grove of trees on the horizon, survivors of intensive agriculture. A sky that’s almost too blue, it looks like a Microsoft wallpaper. And tar, I forgot. You can find the Formica worshipers’ club again”. Another Internet user commented on the photo and launched a debate on intensive agriculture. “Regrouping deserts, intensive monocultures as far as the eye can see, soil and biodiversity destruction, yes it’s really amazing”.

The torrent continues. Aside from the topography, I can only see the human imprint on this landscape, which has nothing natural about it. uno road with cultures on each side. I hope the woods below are natural“. The journalist tried to answer. With a touch of irony.

“Han, but a road is terrible.” “Yes. The countryside is a place where people live. It’s a pity for city dwellers who think they should be forced to travel on dirt roads, because they need a dream campaign. Contempt”. Then he finds himself overwhelmed by the comments. Some are sexist, while others encourage wind turbines, nuclear power plants.

His intention, however, was not to open the debate. We contacted him. He makes no secret of regularly being subject to controversy, but this time it wasn’t the idea.

“Over the weekend, I posted an innocuous photo from the market in Othe country. But it is not controversial, I deduce that the messengers who divide are more important than the messages. The, some took the opportunity to air their displeasure on the subject. This picture is telling tells about crop rotation, changing landscapes. But for some, especially city dwellers, the countryside is a a theme Park. But there are people who live there and work there! They want to be nature untouched, virgin. With only fields of pumpkins. But we see big crops, yes. It tells the fantasy of city dwellers about the rural world”. He tweeted a second photo anyway.

Saying that she was surprised by the extent of the comments and their number, Emmanuelle Ducros had never known such hatred, in seemingly insignificant things. “There, there are no rough edges, but everyone has brought their fears there..

“There, there are no rough edges, but everyone has hit their fears there.

Emmanuelle Ducros

Opinion reporter

Journalist at L’Opinion for ten years, Emmanuelle Ducros deals with the world of agriculture in all its forms, she knows her subject. But he acknowledges that some of his interventions are sometimes divisive. When he talks about GMOs for example. Following this innocuous tweet, he produced a summary of negative reactions that, in his view, explain the divide between those who criticize the countryside and those who live and work there. Here are some excerpts.

There are four different small fields in this image. Intensive? We don’t know anything. It may be organic. In any case, it says different, the rounds. Man, this is a monoculture! There are four types of crops, at least two of which are cereals. Cereals are 25% of our energy intake. You have the fantasy of market gardening, but this is only a very small part of our Agriculture. Han it’s horrible there are no hedges or biodiversity! This landscape is surrounded by the municipal forest of Othe, which is rich in game, animals,5 and allows the inhabitants, through the system of affouage, to heat themselves with wood for free. There are lakes, woods everywhere”.

A controversy that will allow the journalist to see if necessary, that the work of decryption is necessary to explain in depth what agriculture consists of and how it develops. The photo also prompted some kind messages to salute the beauty of these rural autumn landscapes.

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