The work presents a sociological and historical analysis of transformations in French agriculture since the Second World War. The author shows that some farmers continue to invent unusual productive forms that withstand the on-going extension of industrial agriculture. The work has six chapters and can be a medium for teaching the history of French agriculture.
Based on archive documents and surveys, the author analyses the transformation of farmers, both men and women, since the beginning of the last century. It addresses the influences of post-war modernisation and group farming in the 1960s. It examines the changes in certain farming populations, pig breeders, organic farmers and also women. Lastly, the author presents the effects of a reconstructed work area (rurbanisation, for example) on today's farmers.
This work plots the crazy saga of natural rubber production on American soil since the end of the 19th century to date. Between quarrels of enthusiasts, agronomic experimentation, lobbying by oil industrialists and political about-turns, the guayule and a few other latex plants have shown the potential for founding a new industry entirely separate from the rubber tree that currently provides the world with natural rubber almost exclusively.
From the saga of major industrial brewing groups to the microbreweries, from Gaulish ale to Irish Guinness, from English stout to Burkina dolo, from traditional barley malt beer to Congolese munkoyo via South-American chicha, this e-pub will take you on a journey around the world to discover the history and brewing of beers.Videos, animated diagrams and an impressive bibliography and webography will satisfy the curiosity of the beer enthusiast or anyone looking for information on this agelong drink.
This e-pub is based on the printed edition by the same authors . Do all beers have foam?(Quæ, 2010). It is full of texts, links and multimedia objects.
The olive tree is the emblem of Mediterranean landscapes.This work blends social, biological and technical sciences to recount the story of a tree that has unceasingly alienated man through religion, food, agriculture and the economy. The olive tree is a symbol found in many ancient texts. The authors retrace its origin and its history. Although only of slight economic importance in France, the olive tree is tied to numerous tourist sites in Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon. A science is developing around products, their characterisation, tasting and potential frauds. This book also delves into "Mediterranean" diets, which have olive oil as a component.
The work retraces the origin of botanical gardens and the history of their design from their gradual creation from the 16th century, firstly in Europe and then in other continents.Illustrated by old engravings and colour photos, it shows the changing functions of botanical gardens through the ages. It highlights the originality of all the major European botanical gardens. The book also invokes relatively unknown undertakings like the seed companies and their international trade, plant labelling, herbariums, etc.
A brilliant educationalist with an inexhaustible imagination, a charismatic leader and servant of the farming world, Michel Sebillotte helped to refound the bases of agronomy and opened up far-reaching perspectives for worldwide agronomic research and agricultural development.His pupils, colleagues and friends pay him a flourish of tributes and shed light at the same time on fifty years of changing agronomy in France.
This work is a compilation of the most recent scientific thinking. It attempts to assess whether man can still adapt to the consequences of his own action on the environment and moderate his thirst for "always more".Eminent researchers present results that are sometimes alarming, often puzzling and occasionally reassuring. The work addresses in succession the biological abilities of the human species to adapt and their limits, the consequences of our activity on the environment and the margins for manoeuvre available to us. It develops premises for solutions and the scientific, ethical and philosophical interrogations they generate.
Cemagref has known many changes in its thirty years in existence. In 2011, by becoming Irstea (National Environment and Agriculture Research Institute), the institute is reaffirming its dual research and support mission whilst keeping step with the challenges of its era.
Step by step the author leads us along the multiple paths taken by biology in this search, its avenues and dead-ends, its meanderings and forks, its forward progress and its steps backwards. What strategies has biology developed throughout its history to explain life?
A gigantic compilation of ideas and texts on the history and philosophy of biology.