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Organic resistance : the struggle over industrial farming in postwar France

Author: Venus Bivar
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Flows, migrations, and exchanges.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Venus Bivar
ISBN: 9781469641171 1469641178 9781469641188 1469641186
OCLC Number: 994287443
Description: xiv, 224 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Series Title: Flows, migrations, and exchanges.
Responsibility: Venus Bivar.

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"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"--

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