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Rethinking Crop Protection

Innovations et transitions


Pierre Ricci

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Sybille Bui

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Claire Lamine

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Edition 2011

Rethinking Crop Protection
Innovations and transitions

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.



isbn :  978-2-7592-1676-5
Release :  21/12/2011
Nb of pages :  250
Format : 16 x 24
Reference : 02236
Language : French
Editor :  Quae
Co-editor :  Educagri
Collection : 
Sciences en partage


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Chemical control has been the pillar in protecting crops from pests, diseases and weeds for forty years, but is now under attack from recent regulations restricting the use of pesticides. This raises numerous questions addressed in this work from both technical and human viewpoints based on actual cases.

This interdisciplinary summary analyses how the organisation and rules of the agri-food system are holding back the emergence of alternative solutions. It emphasises taking the dynamics of change of farmers into account and the need for coordinated adaptation of all public and private players. Its authors make a few suggestions to stimulate these transitions. This work has been written by a group of authors specialising in crop protection, agronomists, ecologists, lawyers, economists and sociologists united under the GéDuPIC project financed by the National Research Agency (ANR) from 2007 to 2010.

The book is intended for farmers and also for anyone involved in the agricultural, consultancy, research and distribution sectors and those responsible for public policies.