Rooster crowing, cows mooing, smell of slurry, noise of tractors, imposing buildings... These realities of rural life are sometimes perceived as noise, visual or olfactory nuisance by neo-rurals, who have left the hustle and bustle of the metropolises for the tranquillity of the villages. "Our countryside is also a place of production where farmers work every day to feed the French," says Luc Smessaert, a dairy farmer in the Oise region and vice-president of the majority agricultural union, the National Federation of Farmers' Unions (FNSEA). If we have to take the tractor out on Sunday or at night to sow wheat after weeks of rain, we do it because nature doesn't wait."
Practices that are not necessarily to the liking of all new residents. In recent years, they have not hesitated to go to court to put an end to an activity that they consider too noisy or smelly. "There are 490 farmer files...
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