This is French farmer John Bernard Juan, and these are the animals that plow his fields. When technology revolutionized farming after World War II, Juan was determined to preserve traditional methods. Half a century later, he and his partner still use oxen to work the fields, and tirelessly grind flour manually and milk eight cows by hand.
> I was fine the way I was. Why change when you are fine? There is no need to change if you are fine.>> He's a rarity in France, where farmers from the EU's biggest agricultural economy turn to machines for many of their laborious tasks. But Juan's manual approach resonates at a time when intensive farming is increasingly criticized.
And local organic food supply in in vogue. He's also kept modern technology from creeping into the farmhouse, the same home that he grew up in.>> Obviously, in today's world it looks weird. And people like you look for things like that. They look for people who have stayed different.
We are outsiders. I have no fears about saying I am an outsider.>> He shuns supermarkets, and opts instead to sell his pork, veal, and butter to those who pay a visit to this small farm in the corner of Southern Brittany. The 70 year old hopes to find a successor that will preserve the spirit of the farm, which he plans to donate rather than sell.
Though he said his way of life could be too tough for today's younger generation.