This book deals with the transition from current agricultural and food systems towards sustainable ones. The issue is viewed from a number of different angles within the realm of social sciences (management, economics, sociology, anthropology and philosophy). The book provides food for thought and discussion around the following questions: What is the future model that today’s food system could or should be striving towards? What is the path that this transition could or should take?
Fishing from the shore has always been part of maritime culture but the history of its practices and the evolution of its various techniques have not been widely disseminated. This book aims to remedy that deficit. The author explains how man, down through the ages, has engaged in what used to be a subsistence activity and today is a leisure sport. This journey through time shows the creative genius of man and the countless methods he has devised to exploit available resources.
This book focuses on innovation in the agri-food system and the new paradigm drawn by bioeconomic approaches and principles. It draws on contributions presented during the 29th EURAGRI annual conference held in Luxemburg (September 2015) as well as on other workshops organised as part of EURAGRI. EURAGRI works as a platform of exchange and discussion on topics of common interest pertaining to the organisation, orientation and outlook of agri-food research in Europe in connection with global changes.
2050. By now you are used to seeing drones flying overhead, both in the city and the countryside: An ambulance drone rushing a defibrillator to a patient, a pollinator drone ... Science fiction? Not really. Drone specialists, coordinated by a scientist, have joined forces with a reporter to give us a glimpse of the future of civilian drone aviation. Learn how these new generation flying machines may gradually make their way into your daily life, and not necessarily in the way you might expect.
Ranging from the establishment of indicators for urban planning to the measurement of coal stocks and including legal and economic instruments for soil protection, this book from the Gessol programme summarises the latest biotechnical and general knowledge on the subject. It underscores the importance of sustainable land management among global challenges and identifies possible levers of action.
Zika, A/H1N1 influenza, Chikungunya, SARS, Ebola ... We are being hit hard by the emergence or reemergence of a great many infectious diseases. What is the cause of this phenomenon? Could our modern lifestyle have something to do with it? In the light of the major epidemics that humanity has faced to date, what should we be preparing for in the future? What weapons do we have to protect ourselves? What is research doing?
This book provides clear answers to many very specific questions, validated by renowned infectious disease specialists and written in an accessible style.
Good news: the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease is declining. But 900,000 patients are suffering from it today in France. Moreover, Parkinson's disease affects 150,000 people and multiple sclerosis 100,000. Add a few thousand more who have fallen prey to Charcot or Huntington disease. A stimulating and accessible book aimed as much at caregivers as patients... You will discover the mechanisms behind these diseases, treatment options, hope from research and also some unexpected insights.
This economic sociology book is intended for agricultural professionals engaged in the development of their production area. It provides the analytical and diagnostic tools needed to conduct a field study by taking a step back from the sector and developing a new approach to the land. It also provides food for thought on coordination factors and cooperation ties and offers a very practical analysis grid.
Based on a specific experience relating to an artisanal fishery study in Senegal, the author shows that the role of statistics must sometimes go beyond that for which it was initially intended. When findings clash with reality at the conclusion of a research programme, it could be that there is no clear relationship with the initial question(s) posed. That is when statisticians must get involved.
More and more frequently, in politics and in science and technology, we no longer take decisions or there are no decisions to take. Nuclear energy, climate change, GMOs... all areas where we fail to take decisions and where sometimes they can no longer be taken.
Several types of non-decisions are presented in this small book. In some cases they are a way (often trivial) of actually taking a decision. In others they are the result of mechanisms in which new globalised technologies play an essential role and ensure their deployment at all levels of society.