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well, i don't pretend to know, but could the fact that the french value their farms and fresh produce more than the germans have anything to do with it?

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 08:54:38 AM EST
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France is blessed with a larger area of agriculturally productive soils.  The Northern European plain, most of northern Germany, is comprised, primarily, of sandy soils good for stock raising but lousy for cereals.

The upshot is: the German agricultural sector is small and politically powerless.  As they cannot hope to feed themselves they spend their time on other matters.

France has a vibrant agricultural sector so matters 'ag' are of more interest, politically and economically.  

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by ATinNM on Sat Dec 15th, 2007 at 02:08:35 PM EST
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