Feeding the cities

A cool series of the show La Fabrique de l’Histoire on France Culture (in French unfortunately) about the issues related to the challenges faced by those trying to feed the urban areas.


  1. Interview with Edgard Pisani, former French minister of agriculture in the 1960s and founding father of Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy (mp3).
  2. A documentary about the 1969 move of the Parisian wholesale food market out of the traditional Halles and to the modern Rungis market.
  3. Feeding the poor in the French cities: a debate between the historian André Gueslin and the anthropologist Daniel Terrolle.
  4. A debate (well not so much of a debate since they all pretty much agree) between the historians Reynald Abald, Steven Kaplan, Catherine Virlouvet and Fabien Faugeron about the mechanisms allowing to feed the capitals from Ancient Rome to 18th-century Paris.

As usual really excellent show!


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