Cover

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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

Organic Resistance has been a part of my life for more years than I care to count. Along the way, it has benefited from the watchful eyes of advisors, mentors, new colleagues, and old friends. First and foremost, I would like to thank James Vernon for invaluable insight on how to transform the manuscript...

Abbreviations in the Text

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pp. xiii-xvi

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Introduction. The Human Cost of Creative Destruction

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pp. 1-12

The shift to an industrialized agricultural system, designed to support an ever-expanding number of food consumers with an ever-diminishing number of food producers, is without question one of the most important developments of the modern era. Nowhere was the transformation of the...

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1. The Industrial Ideal, 1944–1958

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pp. 13-47

By the end of the 1950s, thirt y of the sixty farms in Bertignat (Puy-de- Dôme) were either abandoned or barely maintained. Hit hard by rural out-migration, the population had dipped precipitously, leaving its mark on the landscape. H. P., however, a young farmer of twenty-eight, had decided...

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2. Alternative Ideals, 1944–1958

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pp. 48-84

Having adopted the industrial methods promoted by the state, many farmers began to appreciate that while their yields might have improved, their input requirements had intensified so much that their incomes had barely increased. Moreover, their animals were getting sick because of the...

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3. Operating at Full Tilt, 1958–1968

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pp. 85-113

In 1962, the community of Montois (Meurthe-et- Moselle) was torn apart by remembrement. In a letter to the president himself, Mayor Renauld protested that the redistribution of farmland had clearly favored some over others: “The remembrement procedures carried out by the surveyor, Mr. Henquiner...

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4. Tilting at the Windmills of Modernization, 1958–1968

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pp. 114-140

Dreaming of owning his own farm, long before he became a major figure in the French environmentalist movement, Pierre Rabhi moved from Paris to the Ardèche in 1960. Born and raised in Algeria, Rabhi had married a Parisian woman, Michèle, who shared his bucolic aspirations. But dreams...

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5. Greening the Mainstream, 1968–1980

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pp. 141-169

In 1973, a case involving the draining and reclamation of a wide tract of seaside in Normandy put the SAFER directly into conflict with the relatively new Ministry for the Protection of Nature and the Environment. In 1952, a thirty-year concession on 427 hectares located in Havre de Lessay (Manche)...

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Conclusion. Slipping through the Cracks

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pp. 170-184

In 1969, Roger Roblot, an electrician working at a plastics factory in Eure-et- Loir attempted to purchase farmlands and was preempted on behalf of an established farmer. In a letter of protest addressed to the minister of agriculture, Roblot explained that he had been forced to leave the family farm for...

Notes

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pp. 185-206

Bibliography

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pp. 207-216

Index

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pp. 217-224