Advertisement

Why are French farmers burying their underpants?

The Local France
The Local France - [email protected]
Why are French farmers burying their underpants?
Photo: AFP/Depositphotos

French farmers in the north east of France are getting ready to bury their underpants in their own fields. But why?

Advertisement

The idea that farmers are burying their own undies might sound like a joke. 
 
But a French Chamber of Agriculture has challenged farmers in the north eastern Marne department to do exactly that. 
 
The reason behind this peculiar behaviour is to test to the quality of the soil on their farms. 
 
The challenge entitled 'En terre ton slip' (Bury your underpants) is encouraging farmers to bury their cotton briefs in their fields between May 27th and June 2nd. 
 
READ ALSO:

OPINION: Why the French wine industry could be seriously bad for our healthFrench vineyards are heavy users of pesticides. Photo AFP

Then between August 19th and August 25th the farmers will dig up their underwear to check how much they have decomposed during that time. 

The idea is that the more they have disintegrated the better because the healthier the soil the more worms, fungi and bacteria will be present to attack the briefs. 
 
Somewhat surprisingly this isn't the first time farmers have taken to burying their boxers. In fact in 2018, 210 underpants were buried in the Var department in the French Riviera. 
 
The idea originated with the Canadian Soil Conservation Council back in 2017 when they launched the campaign 'Soil Your Undies' in a bid to raise awareness about how pesticides and plowing have contributed to the deterioration of the soil. 

More

Join the conversation in our comments section below. Share your own views and experience and if you have a question or suggestion for our journalists then email us at [email protected].
Please keep comments civil, constructive and on topic – and make sure to read our terms of use before getting involved.

Please log in to leave a comment.

[email protected] 2020/08/23 22:47
When travelling to France from England would your E.H.I.C. card still be valid ?.

See Also