Les Cartels du lait Comment ils remod lent l agriculture et pr cipitent la crise
La filière laitière est à un moment clef de son histoire. Après 50 ans d'encadrement par la PAC, les quotas laitiers ont disparu. Le pouvoir politique se désengage au profit d'un encadrement économique par le marché et " l'autorégulation ". Au détriment des éleveurs et des consommateurs. Les publicités préconisant la consommation de " trois produits laitiers par jour " nous le rappellent sans cesse : " Le lait, c'est la vie ". En réalité, le lait, c'est avant tout un vaste marché et des firmes qui en profitent. Avec la fin des quotas laitiers d'avril 2015, les industriels et leurs lobbyistes ont promis un avenir radieux aux éleveurs, qu'ils ont appelés à se regrouper en grandes fermes, pour investir et produire plus. La grande distribution et les multinationales du lait ont ainsi imposé leur modèle, l'exploitation intensive, sans se soucier des nuisances environnementales ni de voir disparaître 5 000 fermes françaises chaque année. Les géants français du lait (Lactalis, Bongrain, Danone, Bel ou Senoble), imités par les mastodontes de la coopération (Sodiaal, Agrial, Laïta), collectionnent les marques et impriment leurs méthodes sur la profession. L'une d'elles s'appelle " l'entente ". C'est le jeu secret des cartels constitués par les industriels pour se partager les marchés, décider des hausses de prix aux distributeurs, ou maintenir au plus bas le prix d'achat aux éleveurs, de plus en plus exsangues. Leur objectif : faire fi des petits producteurs et des consommateurs, comme des pouvoirs publics. En 2015, le prix du lait s'est finalement effondré sous l'effet de la surproduction et de " la volatilité " des cours mondiaux, entraînant grèves et blocages des travailleurs de l'agriculture. Les lobbyistes du lait, politiques, syndicalistes et industriels, rasent les murs. Le temps qu'une nouvelle vague d'éleveurs endettés mette la clef sous la porte, et que le lait reparte à la hausse. Le moment est peut-être venu de laisser les éleveurs et la société civile réinventer un modèle de développement plus équitable.
Already provoking debate and garnering significant attention in France and within the wine world, Vino Business is a surprising and eye-opening book about the dark side of French wine, by acclaimed investigative journalist Isabelle Saporta. While Bordeaux has been a bastion of winemaking tradition and excellence for centuries, in recent decades the industry has changed dramatically under the influence of large-scale international investors. French insurance companies, international fashion houses and Chinese businessmen are all speculating on the area’s wines and land, some of whose value has increased tenfold in the last decade alone. Saporta investigates in detail the 2012 classification of the wines of Saint-Émilion, the most prestigious appellation of Bordeaux’s right bank, which has come into disrepute, not least because the scoring system was changed in order to give points for a châteaux’s lecture facilities and the size of its parking lot. A shocking exposé of the French wine world, and a cri de coeur for the lost values of traditional winemaking, Vino Business pulls back the curtain on the secret domain of Bordeaux, a land ever more in thrall to the grapes of wealth.
Crossroads of European Histories
This publication contains thirty-five papers written by European historians in relation to five key periods in European history: the year of revolutions 1848, the Balkan wars of 1912-13, the search for peace in 1919, the end of the Second World War and the beginning of the Cold War in 1945, and the events of 1989-90 in central and eastern Europe. The papers are drawn from five conferences organised by the Council of Europe based on the principles of Recommendation Rec (2001) 15 on European history teaching. They consider events based on the concept of 'multiperspectivity' which seeks to facilitate an open approach to historical debate based on critical analysis of different perspectives of historical developments, often involving controversial and sensitive issues. This publication is complemented by two related titles: a teaching manual and a DVD of original documents.
The Coming Energy Revolution
There is a new and exciting revolution coming. It will dramatically change our landscape, our environment, our economy, and our lives. It will provide each and every one of us with a truly unique sense of independence. It will mark the end of oil-influenced politics, and the beginning of a bright new millennium - a time in which we all will have our own unlimited sources of nonpolluting energy. However, it will not come without a struggle, as history has already shown. The Coming Energy Revolution provides us with an intriguing and insightful look at the forces behind the free-energy movement. The Coming Energy Revolution introduces us to some of the inventors, both past and present, who have insisted that we are surrounded by a sea of energy that we can tap once we have learned nature's secrets. Conventional science says that space is cold and still, and that what energy does exist cannot be put to useful work. The new-energy innovators say that conventional science is wrong, and that new-energy research is being suppressed by a combination of scientific inertia and corporate self-interest. But the suppression cannot last, as this book shows - there are simply too many inventors who are close to new-energy breakthroughs. The Coming Energy Revolution examines the technologies on which these inventors are working. There are magnets that can redirect the energy of space. There is a gentler form of nuclear energy that can take place on a table top. There is hydrogen, a clean, abundant fuel that can be produced wherever needed. There is a form of hydropower that does not rely on massive dams. And there are other forms of new energy. The Coming Energy Revolution looks at them all, and at the kinds of changes that will be needed to overcome the roadblocks between our old-energy present and our new-energy future.
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
After the 1991 Gulf war, Scott Ritter helped lead the UN weapons inspections of Iraq, and found himself at the centre of a dangerous game between the Iraqi and US regimes. As Ritter reveals in this book, Washington was only ever interested in disarmament as a tool for its own agenda.
Walking the High Line
This is the first book of Sternfeld's largely unseen early colour photographs. In 1969 Sternfeld began working with a 35 mm camera and Kodachrome film, and First Pictures contains works from this time until 1980. Here Sternfeld develops traits that appear in his mature work: irony, a politicised view of America, concern for the social condition. But there are also pictures that bear little relation to his later work: colour arrangements that parallel those of Eggleston, as well as street photography which Sternfeld ceased making in 1976. The photographs in First Pictures were made at a time when colour photography was struggling to assert itself against the authoritative black and white tradition, making this book a revelation both in Sternfeld's oeuvre and in the history of contemporary photography.
Twelve Years a Slave
Describes the life in slavery of Solomon Northup from Saratoga, N.Y., born a free Black man.
Chinese and Japanese Films on the Second World War
This book examines representations of the Second World War in postwar Chinese and Japanese cinema. Drawing on a wide range of scholarly disciplines, and analysing a wide range of films, it demonstrates the potential of war movies for understanding contemporary China and Japan. It shows how the war is remembered in both countries, including the demonisation of Japanese soldiers in postwar socialist-era Chinese movies, and the pervasive sense of victimhood in Japanese memories of the war. However, it also shows how some Chinese directors were experimenting with alternatives interpretations of the war from as early as the 1950s, and how, despite the "resurgence of nationalism" in japan since the 1980s, the production of Japanese movies critical of the war has continued.
Stolen Treasure is the history of corporate America's most exclusive hideaway paradise, the magnificent Restigouche River Basin. The author explain how these corporate GIANTS have manipulate government and agentcies, scientific environmental reports and the scheme to gain total control over our federations and foundations for personal gains. You will be informed about Atlantic Canada's history; of the conspiracy to control the North Atlantic Fisheries; of the who's who orchestrating the saga of the seal hunting ban; of the outrageous gains by the American elites at the detriment of the poor and neady; of unaccountable horrendous environmental crimes; of the destruction of our forests and rivers; of the collapse of the North Atlantic fisheries and how mega environmental polluters have managed to rob us of our natural herritage.