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Lavender fields near Chatuzange-le-Goubet, southeastern France bear witness to a boom in production owing to the rising popularity of aromatherapyLavender fields near Chatuzange-le-Goubet, southeastern France bear witness to a boom in production owing to the rising popularity of aromatherapy (AFP Photo/PHILIPPE DESMAZES)

Chatuzange-le-Goubet (France) (AFP) – Working its way across a purple-green field in southern France, a claw-fitted tractor harvests plants of lavender destined to become essential oil as a traditional sector stages a modest comeback.

“They are slightly grey because they are starting to wilt, it is the best point for the quantity and quality of essential oils,” explains Vincent Jamonet who runs the operation in the Drome region of southeastern France.

The plants are fed into a hopper and taken to

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