Jean Boucher specialised in soil life in 1936 during his studies in Versailles. He was later appointed as the chief of Department for Plant Protection in Loire-Atlantique and Vendee. Here he objected to the officially recognised methods of pest control and despite their use, increasingly attacked them.
In the early 1950’s Jean Boucher made humus the focus of his scientific investigations. He concluded that the humus created on farms and nurseries was of poor quality and thus studied methods by which it could be improved. He used the principles of Albert Howard as a starting point.
Jean Boucher personally stood up for methods of agriculture that did not use toxins nor artificial fertilisers.
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