Following "over-production" and collapse of normal market prices, hundreds of tons of artichokes have been dumped - and sprayed with gas oil to make them uneatable - near St.
GV St. Pol de Leon with cathedral.
GV Growing artichokes.
CV Lorry full of artichokes, passes along.
GV Cartloads of artichokes move along.
MV Lorry full of artichokes.
SV More artichokes in lorry.
MV Artichokes in lorries.
ELEVATED GV..Mass of loaded lorries in town square.
MV Lorry full of artichokes moves off enroute to dump.
MV Man dumps artichokes.
SV Artichokes landing.
SV Artichokes on dump.
MV PAN..mount of artichokes.
GV PAN..artichoke dump.
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Background: Following "over-production" and collapse of normal market prices, hundreds of tons of artichokes have been dumped - and sprayed with gas oil to make them uneatable - near St. Pol de Leon, France.
The artichoke-growing peasants had a record crop of over 7,000 tons this year, and when prices fell, they took the law into their own hands, occupying the town hall of St. Pol - market town for their produce - and established a minimum price - just under 2d. per pound - to be paid to the producers.
Artichokes which the dealers would not buy from producers at the set price were carted away to be destroyed. At the height of the dumping recently, 800 tons were made useless in a single day.
The French Government has now agreed to buy up surplus artichokes and to provide free rail transport to storage depots.