Delving into the intersecting narratives of economic modernization, the birth of organic farming, the development of a strong agricultural protest movement, and the rise of environmentalism, Bivar reveals a movement as preoccupied with maintaining the purity of the French race as of French food. What emerges is a story of how French farming conquered the world, bringing with it a set of ideas about place and purity with a darker origin story than we might have guessed.
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Organic Resistance provides a rich narrative of the extraordinarily rapid and ruthless modernization of French agriculture in the post–World War II era. Bivar's scholarship on the longer history of organic farming in France as a critique of industrialized agriculture offers something entirely new and is of the finest order.Sarah Farmer, University of California, Irvine