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Author Bivar, Venus, author

Title Organic resistance : the struggle over industrial farming in postwar France / Venus Bivar
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2018]
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015
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Series Flows, migrations, and exchanges
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Flows, migrations, and exchanges.
Contents Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations in the Text; Introduction. The Human Cost of Creative Destruction; Chapter One. The Industrial Ideal, 1944-1958; Chapter Two. Alternative Ideals, 1944-1958; Chapter Three. Operating at Full Tilt, 1958-1968; Chapter Four. Tilting at the Windmills of Modernization, 1958-1968; Chapter Five. Greening the Mainstream, 1968-1980; Conclusion. Slipping through the Cracks; Notes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
Summary "The concept of terroir (the unique quality that a particular habitat imparts to food) and practices of organic farming are essential to the image of French food and are assumed to have developed alongside a left-leaning political tradition. However, as Venus Bivar reveals, the origins of organic farming and food actually lie with the far right. This book narrates the rise of organic farming in France, showing the dark side of the concept of terroir that became an inspiration to farmers, chefs, and taste-makers worldwide. As Bivar demonstrates, many of the earliest proponents of organic agriculture had ties to the fascist politics of Vichy and the eugenics movement. Quality for these white Catholic men was about purity and the regeneration of the French race through a superior organic diet"-- Provided by publisher
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Subject Agriculture -- France -- History -- 20th century.
Organic farming -- France -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Project Muse.
LC no. 2017033923
ISBN 1469641194 (electronic bk.)
1469641208 (electronic bk.)
9781469641195 (electronic bk.)
9781469641201 (electronic bk.)
(cloth : alk. paper)
(paperback: alk. paper)