The "Sciences en Partage" collection is published jointly with Educagri éditions.
It includes works relating to research, for an informed readership: professionals from the agricultural world in the broadest sense of the term, agricultural teaching staff, academics, etc.
Animal and plant production systems must propose new production models nowadays to contribute to the sustainable development of the planet. This educational and didactic methods guide can be used for a multi-criteria assessment of the sustainability of agriculture. How to choose the method and tools best suited to each situation? How and why to develop your own assessment method? How to consider agriculture in its different dimensions and scales? What are the pitfalls to be avoided?
Private agricultural advisors have become key players. Based on survey work, this book analyses the strategies and practices of these private operators in different social and geographic contexts. It compares the reestablishment of the consulting sector in France to that of other European countries.
Anchored in different social science disciplines (anthropology, sociology, geography, education sciences), this work analyses the numerous forms of alternative agriculture to the so-called conventional model. Split into three sections (construction dynamics of currents and organisations, farmer trajectories and relations woven with non-farmers), it studies the influence factors that explain the practices observed and questions not only the complex relationship maintained by these alternatives with "their" configurations but also the methodological dimensions specific to the disciplinary approaches.
From farm to fork, foodstuffs are subject to numerous controls relating to both food safety and their production and marketing conditions.This work examines these procedures and explores the concrete effects of current monitoring systems in France, England and Italy. It backs up its observations with numerous witness accounts.
More and more consumers are opting for short circuit food. This book offers a panorama of issues pertaining to these short circuits. Fruit of the collective LiProCo project, it assembles and cross refers the expertise of researchers and specialists from management sciences, sociology, geography and economics.
Recent regulations have aimed to reduce the use of pesticides in farming given their impact on the environment and health.
Is adaptation just a few technical adjustments? Should we rethink the very bases of plant health reasoning according to the principles of integrated crop protection? What innovations? How do we encourage these transitions?
Based on actual cases (experimental work and field surveys), the authors explore the various action methods (technical and organisational) to reduce the dependency of crop systems on pesticides. They also show the current limitations.
This book sheds light on the current debate surrounding livestock rearing and its changes by questioning the good practices, the impact of food and effluent management strategies and the environmental assessment methods and tools.
How can biological control reply to the expectations of an agriculture anxious to protect the environment and the biodiversity? This book attempts to take stock of this specialist scientific subject now become a social topic.