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Groceries in France - organic? Free range?

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Groceries in France - organic? Free range?

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anakalia | | Jan 8, 2009 01:04 AM

I'll be living for a year in France and am wondering what anyone can tell me about the meat and dairy products in the country.

For example, does most of the meat and milk I find at a typical grocery store here come from large, corporate farms? Or are those not as common in France? Is most of the cheese and milk already made from cows that are pasture-fed, etc., or do I have to specifically look for that on a label?

Also, I see that the villages around where I live have farmer's markets, but I'm not sure if these markets are similar to those the US, where the vendors are all small, local businesses - does anyone know?

Thanks to any help you can give me - I've tried to search the Internet for answers to these questions, but with no luck!

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