If the post-war industrial model entails a mix of technological and chemical interventions that increase farm productivity, then post-industrial agriculture (emerging in the 1970s) constitutes agricultural surpluses, as well as an array of trade, aid and biotechnology practices that introduce novel foodstuffs (processed and genetically modified) on an unprecedented scale. While industrial agriculture reduces the farming population, the latter gives rise to new sets of actors who question the nature and validity of the industrial model. This essay explores the rise of one set of such actors. Paysans (peasants) from France's second largest union, the Confederation Paysanne, challenge the industrial model's instrumental rationality of agriculture. Reframing food questions in terms of food sovereignty, paysans propose a solidarity-based production rationality which gives hope to those who believe that another post-industrial food system is possible.
Post-industrial French Paysans Fight for a Solidaire Global Food Policy
Insights gained from a cross-border perspective
Alejandro Yáñez-Arancibia and John W. Day
profitable. The potential for food system failure will likely be greatest in regions where intensive resource use is absolutely necessary to maintain productivity (e.g., arid regions reliant on irrigated water, or regions with poor soils reliant on relatively