Sociologist at INRA-ASTER (Mirecourt, France), I have a dual education as an agricultural engineer (AgroParisTech, specialising in animal sciences) and as a doctor in agricultural sociology. My current work focuses on the processes of technical innovation related to the agro-ecological transition of livestock farming. I am particularly interested in alternative methods of animal health management and new breeding methods that are developed by "grazier" breeders' associations.
In the AMAGRI project, I study the transformations of the veterinary profession by focusing on farm animal practices that have a mixed clientele (canine / ruminant breeding). The aim is to describe and analyse the evolution of the activity of these offices, which includes direct animal care, the prescription of medicines and the development of new services such as livestock audits, herd monitoring, or alternative care methods (phyto-aromatherapy).
To reduce antimicrobials in livestock, alternatives approaches are nowadays developing, in particular those based on the use of medicinal plants. Very often, those changes are initiated by women.
This is the first article of a series dedicated to the use of homeopathy by dairy farmers. The origin of this research comes from a field survey on organic farming,...