Drought forces France to stop making 2,000-year-old cheese

Drought forces France to stop making 2,000-year-old cheese

French farmers have bid adieu to this fromage.

The manufacturing of Salers cheese has been halted in France due to the summer time’s prolonged drought, The Guardian reported.

The prolonged dry interval, mixed with unprecedented warmth waves in Europe this summer time, means there may be not sufficient grass to feed the cows whose mile is used to create the normal delicacy.

Salers is a semi-hard unpasteurized cow’s cheese that has been made within the central French area of the identical identify for two,000 years. It carries France’s AOC stamp of approval, that means it’s distinctive to that small space.

France’s famously strict laws state that Salers should come solely from the milk of native cows that feed on a minimum of 75 p.c of grass from mountain pastures in the summertime.

Many of the 76 farmers whose milk is utilized in Salers manufacturing are lamenting that their previously inexperienced pastures are actually dry and yellow from the shortage of water.

“There’s nothing left to eat,” farmer Laurent Roux, advised radio station France Bleu. “The terrain is so dry that in locations, it appears to be like like ash. It’s mud.”

Salers cheese is taken into account a delicacy with strict high quality requirements.THIERRY ZOCCOLAN/AFP by way of Getty Photos

It’s the primary time in historical past the cheese’s manufacturing has ever been shut down.

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