trending resource endpoint

URL: /assets/trending.<format>

Supported Methods

GET Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad

Query String Arguments

start-token
The value of the moreResultsToken property of a previous response, to retrieve more items from the same query.
max-results
Maximum number of items to return in the list response.

Resource Type

This endpoint returns an object of type Stream<Asset>.

entries (array<Asset>)
The items within the selected range.
estimatedTotalResults (integer)
An estimate of the total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if a count cannot be determined at all, or if an exact count is returned in totalResults.
moreResultsToken (string)
An opaque token that can be used as the start-token parameter of a followup request to retrieve additional results. null if there are no more results to retrieve, but the presence of this token does not guarantee that the response to a followup request will actually contain results.
totalResults (integer)
The total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if an exact count cannot be determined.

Client Library Methods for PHP

Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad
$tp->assets->getTrending(array(


    # Optional Parameters
    "limit" => $limit,
    "startToken" => $startToken,

))

Example Request

GET /assets/trending.json HTTP/1.1
Host: api.typepad.com

HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Content-type: application/json
Content-length: 756414

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So amazing.</strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01a511f6b161970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"1\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01a511f6b161970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01a511f6b161970c-800wi\" title=\"1\" /></a></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">Supply List</span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">Good ol&#39; Sport 12x12 papers<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong><a href=\"http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/41-00859---3571379185161174783.jsp\" target=\"_blank\">“Victory”</a><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong><a href=\"http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/41-00858---3571380787259473663.jsp\" target=\"_blank\">&quot;Newsworthy&quot;</a><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong><a href=\"http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/41-00855---3571385434674134783.jsp\" target=\"_blank\">&quot;Play Ball&quot;</a><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong><a href=\"http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/41-00863---3571373390906359551.jsp\" target=\"_blank\">&quot;Touchdown&quot;</a><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong>&quot;Big Score&quot;<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong><a href=\"http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/41-00864---3571372076562480895.jsp\" target=\"_blank\">&quot;Teamwork&quot;<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong></strong>Good ol´Sport 6x6 Patterns &amp; Solids paper pad</a><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong></strong><a href=\"http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/41-00868---3571345687956258559.jsp\" target=\"_blank\">Good ol&#39; Sport Cardstock Tags &amp; Pockets 2</a><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong><a href=\"http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/41-00871---3571340546628747007.jsp\" target=\"_blank\">Good ol&#39; Sport Chipboard tags 1</a><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong><a href=\"http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/41-00872---3571339103427460863.jsp\" target=\"_blank\">Good ol&#39; Sport Chipboard tags 2</a><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong></strong><a href=\"http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/41-00844---3560002067730890495.jsp\" style=\"text-decoration: none;\" target=\"_blank\">Book Box<br /></a></span><a href=\"http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/41-00547---5516638584758697727.jsp\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong id=\"docs-internal-guid-24e09d9c-d66e-3dc9-a9d9-5a40f1219b0d\" style=\"font-weight: normal;\">Ornate Metal Label Holder</strong></strong></span></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">We love this hanging tag from Miranda Edney! So much amazing fussy cutting and clever use of the image cutouts. And that ribbon creates the perfect embellishment. 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So amazing.</strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01a511f6b161970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"1\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a011570479cdc970b01a511f6b161970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://g45papers.typepad.com/.a/6a011570479cdc970b01a511f6b161970c-800wi\" title=\"1\" /></a></strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">Supply List</span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">Good ol&#39; Sport 12x12 papers<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong><a href=\"http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/41-00859---3571379185161174783.jsp\" target=\"_blank\">“Victory”</a><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong><a href=\"http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/41-00858---3571380787259473663.jsp\" target=\"_blank\">&quot;Newsworthy&quot;</a><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong><a href=\"http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/41-00855---3571385434674134783.jsp\" target=\"_blank\">&quot;Play Ball&quot;</a><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong><a href=\"http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/41-00863---3571373390906359551.jsp\" target=\"_blank\">&quot;Touchdown&quot;</a><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong>&quot;Big Score&quot;<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong><a href=\"http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/41-00864---3571372076562480895.jsp\" target=\"_blank\">&quot;Teamwork&quot;<strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong></strong>Good ol´Sport 6x6 Patterns &amp; Solids paper pad</a><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong></strong><a href=\"http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/41-00868---3571345687956258559.jsp\" target=\"_blank\">Good ol&#39; Sport Cardstock Tags &amp; Pockets 2</a><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong><a href=\"http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/41-00871---3571340546628747007.jsp\" target=\"_blank\">Good ol&#39; Sport Chipboard tags 1</a><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong><a href=\"http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/41-00872---3571339103427460863.jsp\" target=\"_blank\">Good ol&#39; Sport Chipboard tags 2</a><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><br /></strong></strong></strong><a href=\"http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/41-00844---3560002067730890495.jsp\" style=\"text-decoration: none;\" target=\"_blank\">Book Box<br /></a></span><a href=\"http://www.bluemoonscrapbooking.com/SPD/41-00547---5516638584758697727.jsp\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\"><strong style=\"font-weight: normal;\"><strong id=\"docs-internal-guid-24e09d9c-d66e-3dc9-a9d9-5a40f1219b0d\" style=\"font-weight: normal;\">Ornate Metal Label Holder</strong></strong></span></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-family: book antiqua,palatino; font-size: 10pt;\">We love this hanging tag from Miranda Edney! So much amazing fussy cutting and clever use of the image cutouts. And that ribbon creates the perfect embellishment. 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Visit your LSS or order online today! <a href=\"http://www.g45papers.com/index.php?route=information/location\" target=\"_blank\">Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here</a></strong></span></p>",
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Si c’est votre référence je comprends mieux votre façon de percevoir l’élevage ovin&#0160;; je suis à 1.6 de productivité…</em>&#0160;»<br /><br />Voilà.<br /><br />Reprenons donc chaque point de ce «&#0160;<em>décryptage d’un argument fallacieux</em>&#0160;»…<br /><br />«&#0160;<em>Il en fallait bien un pour évoquer les subventions en agriculture et enfoncer le clou avec celles octroyées aux ovins alors qu’elles sont les moins incitatives du panel.&#0160;</em>»<br /><br />ça, ce n’est pas très compliqué à vérifier sur le principe. Le plus dur, c’est de trouver une statistique significative qui individualise les «&#0160;<em>performances</em>&#0160;» des ovins lait et des ovins viande. Heureusement, le service statistique agricole de la Direction Régionale de l’Alimentation, de l’Agriculture et de la Forêt de Midi-Pyrénées s’y attache (encore) pour cette région, qui possède le premier troupeau ovin de France&#0160;:</p>\r\n<div class=\"photo-wrap photo-xid-6a00d83451957369e201a511f939bb970c\" id=\"photo-xid-6a00d83451957369e201a511f939bb970c\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 521px;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://bdm.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451957369e201a511f939bb970c-pi\"><img alt=\"0-moyenne-par-exploitation\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451957369e201a511f939bb970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://bdm.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451957369e201a511f939bb970c-550wi\" style=\"width: 521px;\" title=\"0-moyenne-par-exploitation\" /></a></div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a href=\"http://agreste.agriculture.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/R7314A12.pdf\" target=\"_blank\">Source</a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">Pas très lisible, peut être. Je reprends l’essentiel <em><span style=\"color: #888888;\">(NDLB : la première ligne du dernier cadre du tableau)</span></em> pour Midi Pyrénées en 2012&#0160;:<br /><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://bdm.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451957369e201a73e048d4d970d-pi\"><img alt=\"0b-moyenne-par-exploitation\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451957369e201a73e048d4d970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://bdm.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451957369e201a73e048d4d970d-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"0b-moyenne-par-exploitation\" /></a><br /><br />En fait, tout dépend du sens exact que l’on donne au mot «&#0160;<em>incitatif</em>&#0160;». Si cela doit signifier «&#0160;<em>montant de subventions le plus élevé ramené à la dimension économique</em>&#0160;», alors les aides aux ovins-viande arrivent en tête, talonnées par les aides aux bovins-viande. Notons au passage que les subventions ovins-lait sont significativement plus faibles que celles octroyées aux ovins-viande. Notons aussi que les céréaliers midi-pyrénéens, à la réputation gloutonne dès qu’il est question de subventions, sont pourtant loin derrière…<br /><br />Si on prend, en revanche, le mot «&#0160;<em>incitatif&#0160;</em>» au sens strict (qui incite, donc qui encourage et donne envie de), ce n’est plus la même musique. Est-ce que la perspective de devoir perpétuellement miser sur le versement de 45 800 € de subventions (en 2012, encore davantage après 2014) pour équilibrer son exploitation est de nature à «&#0160;inciter&#0160;» un jeune de 25 ans à s’installer dans l’élevage ovin-viande pour les 42 ans à venir&#0160;?<br /><br />Le faible taux de renouvellement des générations donne un élément de réponse intéressant.&#0160; «&#0160;<em>Ensuite prendre les moyennes des résultats nationaux est inepte comme argument pour ce sujet</em>&#0160;». Justement, je ne prenais pas les «&#0160;<em>moyennes des résultats nationaux&#0160;</em>» mais les moyennes des zones pastorales, ce qui reste le niveau le plus adapté quand on parle du loup en 2014&#0160;:<br /><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://bdm.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451957369e201a511f934ca970c-pi\"><img alt=\"Evolution-pastorale\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451957369e201a511f934ca970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://bdm.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451957369e201a511f934ca970c-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Evolution-pastorale\" /></a><br /><a href=\"http://idele.fr/recherche/publication/idelesolr/recommends/resultats-2011-et-estimations-2012-pour-les-exploitations-ovins-viande.html%20\" target=\"_blank\">Source</a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\">Je n’ai pas mentionné les chiffes des zones «&#0160;<em>fourragère</em>&#0160;» ou «&#0160;<em>herbagère</em>&#0160;» («&#0160;ineptes…&#0160;»), mais ceux de la zone «&#0160;<em>pastorale</em>&#0160;» (couleur saumon). Et les chiffres ont éloquents&#0160;: la valeur des subventions versées aux exploitations spécialisées en zone pastorale suivies dans les réseaux d&#39;élevage ovins viande avoisinait en 2012 le triple du revenu disponible, avec 52 400 € (pour 460 brebis, 11 ha de cultures et 18 100 € de revenu). Quant à la valeur des ventes ovines, elle s’élevait à 33 200 €, soit 36 % du produit brut d’exploitation, les subventions représentant elles 57 % de ce même produit brut d’exploitation.<br />Ce qui fait bien en moyenne 33 200 € de ventes ovines (agneaux + brebis de réforme) pour 460 brebis…<br /><br />«&#0160;<em>bien des petits effectifs en complément à une autre activité plus principale entrent dans ces statistiques…</em>»<br /><br />Justement, non&#0160;: les «&#0160;<em>petits effectifs</em>&#0160;» n’entrent pas dans ces «<em>&#0160;cas types</em>&#0160;», mais dans d’autres cas mixtes (ovins-cultures, ovins-bovins viande…), qui ne sont pas mentionnés ici, et pour lesquels il serait bien difficile de déterminer la part relative de chaque production et subvention dans le résultat final.<br /><br />Si on devait faire une critique à ces «&#0160;<em>cas-types</em>&#0160;», c’est au contraire le reproche inverse&#0160;: celui de ne prendre dans son panel que de grandes, voire très grandes, structures&#0160;: 700 brebis en zone herbagère, 460 en zone pastorale… <br /><br />Cela se justifie de différentes manières&#0160;:</p>\r\n<ul>\r\n<li>Disposer d’ateliers permettant de rémunérer environ un équivalent temps plein.</li>\r\n<li>Disposer d’un panel d’exploitations suffisamment «&#0160;<em>solide</em>s&#0160;» pour être pérennes et permettre les comparaisons d’une année sur l’autre et sur de longues périodes.</li>\r\n</ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\">«&#0160;<em>…ou encore les agx de laitiers qui partent à l’engraissement&#0160;</em>»<br /><br />Nouvelle digression&#0160;: les agneaux de laitiers n’apparaissent pas non plus dans ces tableaux, car ceux-ci exposent seulement les cas types plus ou moins spécialisés en ovins viande. D’autres cas types concernant les éleveurs ovins laitiers sont disponibles. Ils ne sont d’ailleurs pas présentés de la même manière, à l’image du tableau ci-dessous qui concerne les éleveurs ovins-lait livreurs spécialisés de la zone «&#0160;<em>Pyrénées Atlantiques</em>&#0160;» pour 2011&#0160;:<br /><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://bdm.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451957369e201a73e048e5a970d-pi\"><img alt=\"2-resultats-economiques-Pyr-Atlan-2011\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451957369e201a73e048e5a970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://bdm.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451957369e201a73e048e5a970d-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"2-resultats-economiques-Pyr-Atlan-2011\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a href=\"http://idele.fr/recherche/publication/idelesolr/recommends/resultats-2011-des-exploitations-ovines-laitieres.html%20\" target=\"_blank\">Source</a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><br />Les agneaux laitiers font partie intégrante de «&#0160;<em>l’atelier ovins lait</em>&#0160;», et contribuent avec les brebis de réforme à hauteur de 20 % (co-produits viande) au produit de cet atelier, hors subventions. A noter que la part des aides dans le produit brut oscille entre 23 et 35 %, ce qui est bien inférieur aux 57 % enregistrés pour les pastoraux ovins viande.<br /><br />«&#0160;<em>Ils ne sont pas représentatifs des ateliers spécialisés qui ont des résultats bien meilleurs que votre exemple&#0160;!&#0160;</em>» Mais justement&#0160;: «&#0160;<em>mon</em>&#0160;» exemple, ce sont LES ateliers spécialisés. Et pas n’importe lesquels&#0160;: ceux spécialisés en zone pastorale. <br /><br />Dans sa litanie des non-représentatifs qui plombent les moyennes, elle aurait pu évoquer le cas des pluri-actifs, qui n’apparaissent pas non plus dans ces cas-types de l’Institut de l’Elevage, et dont un certain nombre ne contribue pas vraiment au gonflement des statistiques nationales. Mais là, elle ne se serait pas fait que des amis chez les anti-nature…<br /><br />«&#0160;<em>Avoir 460 brebis et ne sortir que 33200 en produit, mieux vaut aller à la pêche&#0160;! Si c’est votre référence je comprends mieux votre façon de percevoir l’élevage ovin&#0160;; je suis à 1.6 de productivité…&#0160;</em>»<br /><br />Pour la première phrase, les explications sont fournies plus haut, et je laisse à la rédactrice la paternité de ses propos… Passons à la fin de la deuxième phrase «<em>&#0160;je suis à 1.6 de productivité…</em>&#0160;» <br /><br />C’est tout à fait plausible, car il existe d’énormes disparités de technicité entre les élevages ovins-viande que ce soit au niveau de la productivité numérique (au moins du simple au double), de la mortalité des agneaux (du simple au triple, voire plus) de la mortalité des brebis (du simple au triple aussi, mais ce sujet est tabou depuis 20 ans, on se demande bien pourquoi… :-) ).<br /><br />C’est surtout un point très intéressant, qui confirmerait que même pour certains professionnels, la faiblesse de la productivité moyenne semble incroyable. Et pourtant, FranceAgrimer est un établissement public qui a entre autres missions de réaliser des actions et bilans sur les filières agricoles. Il n’a pas la réputation d’abriter un repaire d’activistes pro-prédateurs prompts à dégommer la réputation des éleveurs français. Voilà ce qu’ils écrivaient fin 2013-début 2014 dans deux documents&#0160;:<br /><br />«&#0160;<em>la productivité numérique apparente (agneaux produits par rapport au cheptel reproducteur) stagne à un niveau inférieur à 0,70 en 2013.</em>&#0160;» (<a href=\"http://www.franceagrimer.fr/content/download/29736/264003/file/BIL-MER-VIA-LAI-Bilan2013-Perspectives2014.pdf%20\" target=\"_blank\">Source</a>, page 47)<br /><br />et&#0160;: «&#0160;<em>La filière ovine française fait face aujourd’hui à plusieurs difficultés : </em><br /><em>- des performances techniques souvent insuffisantes : dans certains troupeaux, le nombre d’agneaux nés est très inférieur à la moyenne. Le niveau de prolificité de la production française demeure faible en raison notamment d&#39;une mortalité importante des agneaux. Par ailleurs, près de la moitié des brebis finissent dans le circuit de l’équarrissage.</em><br /><br /><em>- un déclin régulier de la production : les faibles performances techniques et les coûts de production élevés entraînent une très faible rentabilité économique de l’élevage ovin.</em>&#0160;» (<a href=\"http://www.franceagrimer.fr/content/download/30044/266990/file/Plan_strategique_filiere_viande_ovine.pdf%20\" target=\"_blank\">Source</a>, page 2)<br /><br /><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://bdm.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451957369e201a511f936e3970c-pi\" style=\"float: left;\"><img alt=\"3 plus agneaux plus euros\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451957369e201a511f936e3970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://bdm.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451957369e201a511f936e3970c-800wi\" style=\"margin: 0px 20px 5px 0px;\" title=\"3 plus agneaux plus euros\" /></a>Ce que ces documents «&#0160;<em>oublient</em>&#0160;» de mentionner, c’est que le seuil d’éligibilité à l’aide ovine est justement fixé à 0,7 agneau/brebis/an (sauf dérogation à la baisse, comme en Ariège…), morts nés compris, et qu’une meilleure technicité n’est guère valorisée par le système français. Ce n’est donc pas un hasard si cette productivité numérique stagne, et place la France parmi les pays producteurs qui voient depuis 2005 <a href=\"http://www.franceagrimer.fr/content/download/31128/278481/file/NCO-DIA-VRO-OVIN-2014-04-15b.pdf\" target=\"_blank\">la productivité numérique fléchir</a>. La prochaine PAC inversera-t-elle cette tendance&#0160;? Rien n’est moins sûr…<br /><br /> Remarque&#0160;: la productivité «&#0160;<em>réelle</em>&#0160;» est un peu supérieure à la productivité «&#0160;<em>numérique</em>&#0160;» (agneaux vendus), car il faut tenir compte des agneaux nés et gardés sur l’exploitation. 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Dans ma comptabilité et mon classement des commentaires, je n&#39;ai compté qu&#39;un seul commentaire en cas de publication de commentaires multiples par un même auteur.)</em></span><br /><br />Citation intégrale&#0160;: «&#0160;<em>Il en fallait bien un pour évoquer les subventions en agriculture et enfoncer le clou avec celles octroyées aux ovins alors qu’elles sont les moins <strong>incitatives</strong> du panel. Ensuite prendre les moyennes des résultats nationaux est inepte comme argument pour ce sujet&#0160;; bien des petits effectifs en complément à une autre activité plus principale entrent dans ces statistiques ou encore les agx de laitiers qui partent à l’engraissement, ils ne sont pas représentatifs des ateliers spécialisés qui ont des résultats bien meilleurs que votre exemple&#0160;!</em><br /><br /><em>Avoir 460 brebis et ne sortir que 33200 en produit, mieux vaut aller à la pêche&#0160;! Si c’est votre référence je comprends mieux votre façon de percevoir l’élevage ovin&#0160;; je suis à 1.6 de productivité…</em>&#0160;»<br /><br />Voilà.<br /><br />Reprenons donc chaque point de ce «&#0160;<em>décryptage d’un argument fallacieux</em>&#0160;»…<br /><br />«&#0160;<em>Il en fallait bien un pour évoquer les subventions en agriculture et enfoncer le clou avec celles octroyées aux ovins alors qu’elles sont les moins incitatives du panel.&#0160;</em>»<br /><br />ça, ce n’est pas très compliqué à vérifier sur le principe. Le plus dur, c’est de trouver une statistique significative qui individualise les «&#0160;<em>performances</em>&#0160;» des ovins lait et des ovins viande. Heureusement, le service statistique agricole de la Direction Régionale de l’Alimentation, de l’Agriculture et de la Forêt de Midi-Pyrénées s’y attache (encore) pour cette région, qui possède le premier troupeau ovin de France&#0160;:</p>\r\n<div class=\"photo-wrap photo-xid-6a00d83451957369e201a511f939bb970c\" id=\"photo-xid-6a00d83451957369e201a511f939bb970c\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 521px;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://bdm.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451957369e201a511f939bb970c-pi\"><img alt=\"0-moyenne-par-exploitation\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451957369e201a511f939bb970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://bdm.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451957369e201a511f939bb970c-550wi\" style=\"width: 521px;\" title=\"0-moyenne-par-exploitation\" /></a></div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a href=\"http://agreste.agriculture.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/R7314A12.pdf\" target=\"_blank\">Source</a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">Pas très lisible, peut être. Je reprends l’essentiel <em><span style=\"color: #888888;\">(NDLB : la première ligne du dernier cadre du tableau)</span></em> pour Midi Pyrénées en 2012&#0160;:<br /><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://bdm.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451957369e201a73e048d4d970d-pi\"><img alt=\"0b-moyenne-par-exploitation\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451957369e201a73e048d4d970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://bdm.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451957369e201a73e048d4d970d-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"0b-moyenne-par-exploitation\" /></a><br /><br />En fait, tout dépend du sens exact que l’on donne au mot «&#0160;<em>incitatif</em>&#0160;». Si cela doit signifier «&#0160;<em>montant de subventions le plus élevé ramené à la dimension économique</em>&#0160;», alors les aides aux ovins-viande arrivent en tête, talonnées par les aides aux bovins-viande. Notons au passage que les subventions ovins-lait sont significativement plus faibles que celles octroyées aux ovins-viande. Notons aussi que les céréaliers midi-pyrénéens, à la réputation gloutonne dès qu’il est question de subventions, sont pourtant loin derrière…<br /><br />Si on prend, en revanche, le mot «&#0160;<em>incitatif&#0160;</em>» au sens strict (qui incite, donc qui encourage et donne envie de), ce n’est plus la même musique. Est-ce que la perspective de devoir perpétuellement miser sur le versement de 45 800 € de subventions (en 2012, encore davantage après 2014) pour équilibrer son exploitation est de nature à «&#0160;inciter&#0160;» un jeune de 25 ans à s’installer dans l’élevage ovin-viande pour les 42 ans à venir&#0160;?<br /><br />Le faible taux de renouvellement des générations donne un élément de réponse intéressant.&#0160; «&#0160;<em>Ensuite prendre les moyennes des résultats nationaux est inepte comme argument pour ce sujet</em>&#0160;». Justement, je ne prenais pas les «&#0160;<em>moyennes des résultats nationaux&#0160;</em>» mais les moyennes des zones pastorales, ce qui reste le niveau le plus adapté quand on parle du loup en 2014&#0160;:<br /><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://bdm.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451957369e201a511f934ca970c-pi\"><img alt=\"Evolution-pastorale\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451957369e201a511f934ca970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://bdm.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451957369e201a511f934ca970c-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Evolution-pastorale\" /></a><br /><a href=\"http://idele.fr/recherche/publication/idelesolr/recommends/resultats-2011-et-estimations-2012-pour-les-exploitations-ovins-viande.html%20\" target=\"_blank\">Source</a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\">Je n’ai pas mentionné les chiffes des zones «&#0160;<em>fourragère</em>&#0160;» ou «&#0160;<em>herbagère</em>&#0160;» («&#0160;ineptes…&#0160;»), mais ceux de la zone «&#0160;<em>pastorale</em>&#0160;» (couleur saumon). Et les chiffres ont éloquents&#0160;: la valeur des subventions versées aux exploitations spécialisées en zone pastorale suivies dans les réseaux d&#39;élevage ovins viande avoisinait en 2012 le triple du revenu disponible, avec 52 400 € (pour 460 brebis, 11 ha de cultures et 18 100 € de revenu). Quant à la valeur des ventes ovines, elle s’élevait à 33 200 €, soit 36 % du produit brut d’exploitation, les subventions représentant elles 57 % de ce même produit brut d’exploitation.<br />Ce qui fait bien en moyenne 33 200 € de ventes ovines (agneaux + brebis de réforme) pour 460 brebis…<br /><br />«&#0160;<em>bien des petits effectifs en complément à une autre activité plus principale entrent dans ces statistiques…</em>»<br /><br />Justement, non&#0160;: les «&#0160;<em>petits effectifs</em>&#0160;» n’entrent pas dans ces «<em>&#0160;cas types</em>&#0160;», mais dans d’autres cas mixtes (ovins-cultures, ovins-bovins viande…), qui ne sont pas mentionnés ici, et pour lesquels il serait bien difficile de déterminer la part relative de chaque production et subvention dans le résultat final.<br /><br />Si on devait faire une critique à ces «&#0160;<em>cas-types</em>&#0160;», c’est au contraire le reproche inverse&#0160;: celui de ne prendre dans son panel que de grandes, voire très grandes, structures&#0160;: 700 brebis en zone herbagère, 460 en zone pastorale… <br /><br />Cela se justifie de différentes manières&#0160;:</p>\r\n<ul>\r\n<li>Disposer d’ateliers permettant de rémunérer environ un équivalent temps plein.</li>\r\n<li>Disposer d’un panel d’exploitations suffisamment «&#0160;<em>solide</em>s&#0160;» pour être pérennes et permettre les comparaisons d’une année sur l’autre et sur de longues périodes.</li>\r\n</ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\">«&#0160;<em>…ou encore les agx de laitiers qui partent à l’engraissement&#0160;</em>»<br /><br />Nouvelle digression&#0160;: les agneaux de laitiers n’apparaissent pas non plus dans ces tableaux, car ceux-ci exposent seulement les cas types plus ou moins spécialisés en ovins viande. D’autres cas types concernant les éleveurs ovins laitiers sont disponibles. Ils ne sont d’ailleurs pas présentés de la même manière, à l’image du tableau ci-dessous qui concerne les éleveurs ovins-lait livreurs spécialisés de la zone «&#0160;<em>Pyrénées Atlantiques</em>&#0160;» pour 2011&#0160;:<br /><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://bdm.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451957369e201a73e048e5a970d-pi\"><img alt=\"2-resultats-economiques-Pyr-Atlan-2011\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451957369e201a73e048e5a970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://bdm.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451957369e201a73e048e5a970d-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"2-resultats-economiques-Pyr-Atlan-2011\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a href=\"http://idele.fr/recherche/publication/idelesolr/recommends/resultats-2011-des-exploitations-ovines-laitieres.html%20\" target=\"_blank\">Source</a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><br />Les agneaux laitiers font partie intégrante de «&#0160;<em>l’atelier ovins lait</em>&#0160;», et contribuent avec les brebis de réforme à hauteur de 20 % (co-produits viande) au produit de cet atelier, hors subventions. A noter que la part des aides dans le produit brut oscille entre 23 et 35 %, ce qui est bien inférieur aux 57 % enregistrés pour les pastoraux ovins viande.<br /><br />«&#0160;<em>Ils ne sont pas représentatifs des ateliers spécialisés qui ont des résultats bien meilleurs que votre exemple&#0160;!&#0160;</em>» Mais justement&#0160;: «&#0160;<em>mon</em>&#0160;» exemple, ce sont LES ateliers spécialisés. Et pas n’importe lesquels&#0160;: ceux spécialisés en zone pastorale. <br /><br />Dans sa litanie des non-représentatifs qui plombent les moyennes, elle aurait pu évoquer le cas des pluri-actifs, qui n’apparaissent pas non plus dans ces cas-types de l’Institut de l’Elevage, et dont un certain nombre ne contribue pas vraiment au gonflement des statistiques nationales. Mais là, elle ne se serait pas fait que des amis chez les anti-nature…<br /><br />«&#0160;<em>Avoir 460 brebis et ne sortir que 33200 en produit, mieux vaut aller à la pêche&#0160;! Si c’est votre référence je comprends mieux votre façon de percevoir l’élevage ovin&#0160;; je suis à 1.6 de productivité…&#0160;</em>»<br /><br />Pour la première phrase, les explications sont fournies plus haut, et je laisse à la rédactrice la paternité de ses propos… Passons à la fin de la deuxième phrase «<em>&#0160;je suis à 1.6 de productivité…</em>&#0160;» <br /><br />C’est tout à fait plausible, car il existe d’énormes disparités de technicité entre les élevages ovins-viande que ce soit au niveau de la productivité numérique (au moins du simple au double), de la mortalité des agneaux (du simple au triple, voire plus) de la mortalité des brebis (du simple au triple aussi, mais ce sujet est tabou depuis 20 ans, on se demande bien pourquoi… :-) ).<br /><br />C’est surtout un point très intéressant, qui confirmerait que même pour certains professionnels, la faiblesse de la productivité moyenne semble incroyable. Et pourtant, FranceAgrimer est un établissement public qui a entre autres missions de réaliser des actions et bilans sur les filières agricoles. Il n’a pas la réputation d’abriter un repaire d’activistes pro-prédateurs prompts à dégommer la réputation des éleveurs français. Voilà ce qu’ils écrivaient fin 2013-début 2014 dans deux documents&#0160;:<br /><br />«&#0160;<em>la productivité numérique apparente (agneaux produits par rapport au cheptel reproducteur) stagne à un niveau inférieur à 0,70 en 2013.</em>&#0160;» (<a href=\"http://www.franceagrimer.fr/content/download/29736/264003/file/BIL-MER-VIA-LAI-Bilan2013-Perspectives2014.pdf%20\" target=\"_blank\">Source</a>, page 47)<br /><br />et&#0160;: «&#0160;<em>La filière ovine française fait face aujourd’hui à plusieurs difficultés : </em><br /><em>- des performances techniques souvent insuffisantes : dans certains troupeaux, le nombre d’agneaux nés est très inférieur à la moyenne. Le niveau de prolificité de la production française demeure faible en raison notamment d&#39;une mortalité importante des agneaux. Par ailleurs, près de la moitié des brebis finissent dans le circuit de l’équarrissage.</em><br /><br /><em>- un déclin régulier de la production : les faibles performances techniques et les coûts de production élevés entraînent une très faible rentabilité économique de l’élevage ovin.</em>&#0160;» (<a href=\"http://www.franceagrimer.fr/content/download/30044/266990/file/Plan_strategique_filiere_viande_ovine.pdf%20\" target=\"_blank\">Source</a>, page 2)<br /><br /><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://bdm.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451957369e201a511f936e3970c-pi\" style=\"float: left;\"><img alt=\"3 plus agneaux plus euros\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451957369e201a511f936e3970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://bdm.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451957369e201a511f936e3970c-800wi\" style=\"margin: 0px 20px 5px 0px;\" title=\"3 plus agneaux plus euros\" /></a>Ce que ces documents «&#0160;<em>oublient</em>&#0160;» de mentionner, c’est que le seuil d’éligibilité à l’aide ovine est justement fixé à 0,7 agneau/brebis/an (sauf dérogation à la baisse, comme en Ariège…), morts nés compris, et qu’une meilleure technicité n’est guère valorisée par le système français. Ce n’est donc pas un hasard si cette productivité numérique stagne, et place la France parmi les pays producteurs qui voient depuis 2005 <a href=\"http://www.franceagrimer.fr/content/download/31128/278481/file/NCO-DIA-VRO-OVIN-2014-04-15b.pdf\" target=\"_blank\">la productivité numérique fléchir</a>. La prochaine PAC inversera-t-elle cette tendance&#0160;? Rien n’est moins sûr…<br /><br /> Remarque&#0160;: la productivité «&#0160;<em>réelle</em>&#0160;» est un peu supérieure à la productivité «&#0160;<em>numérique</em>&#0160;» (agneaux vendus), car il faut tenir compte des agneaux nés et gardés sur l’exploitation. 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I would not be where I am today if I hadn&#39;t.</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Another tip I shared was to &quot;start now.&quot; When I started food blogging I had a very old hand-me-down DSLR camera, I had a TINY kitchen I shared with two roommates, I didn&#39;t have any fancy dishes or food styling props, I was not by any stretch of the imagination a pro chef, and my grocery budget was somewhere around $150 a month. I had a million reasons not to start food blogging right then. But again, I did anyway, and I am SO glad I did.&#0160;</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Okay, so without further ado, let&#39;s look at some dingy food photos. Ha! 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I was beginning to develop my own style and taste too.</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">I can tell I was still finding the best light I could, and I was trying different angles, tilting things in the photos to try and give them an interesting perspective. I still wasn&#39;t using Photoshop very much. During this year I also moved back to Missouri and was living at my parents&#39; house. I can always tell in the photos, because I can see my mom&#39;s cloth napkins and dishes that I was using. (Thank you for your support and taste testing over the years, Mom and Dad!)</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a511f2246b970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><img alt=\"Food photography from 2012\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201a511f2246b970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a511f2246b970c-800wi\" title=\"Food photography from 2012\" /></span></a>I liked 2011. It was a good year. I got a new camera! About half way through the year I bought my house and had a whole new setup in my very own kitchen to work out of. I had gotten to a place where I felt really comfortable in the kitchen and began experimenting with more baking (lots of bread that year!) and using all sorts of different flours. I should go back to that; it was a good time.&#0160;</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">My food styling looks to be improving. I can tell I was working hard to add color, patterns, and just more dimension to my food styling. I had also made some improvements in my Photoshop skills and was practicing using my new camera lots. This was also the year I started doing more content on ABM, as opposed to just my own food blogs.&#0160;</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a3fd425ca3970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><img alt=\"Food photography from 2013\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201a3fd425ca3970b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a3fd425ca3970b-800wi\" title=\"Food photography from 2013\" /></span></a>In 2012 and 2013 I was doing more and more here on ABM and had really gotten a better feel for recipe development, styling, and photography. 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I still was working on making the whole process consistent every time, but I guess in some ways I still am today.&#0160;</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a511f22491970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><img alt=\"Springrolls 2014\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201a511f22491970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a511f22491970c-800wi\" title=\"Springrolls 2014\" /></span></a><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd54ca970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><img alt=\"Churros 2014\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd54ca970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd54ca970d-800wi\" title=\"Churros 2014\" /></span></a><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd54e4970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><img alt=\"Quinoa falafel 2014\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd54e4970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd54e4970d-800wi\" title=\"Quinoa falafel 2014\" /></span></a><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd54f9970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><img alt=\"Pineapple fried rice pizza 2014\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd54f9970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd54f9970d-800wi\" title=\"Pineapple fried rice pizza 2014\" /></span></a><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd550d970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><img alt=\"Strawberry pie 2014\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd550d970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd550d970d-800wi\" title=\"Strawberry pie 2014\" /></span></a><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd5524970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><img alt=\"Quiche 2014\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd5524970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd5524970d-800wi\" title=\"Quiche 2014\" /></span></a>This past year a big change was I upgraded my camera. Also I started using the <a href=\"http://shop.abeautifulmess.com/actions/\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">A Beautiful Mess actions</span></a> in every photo, and they are SO good! I feel like I should be allowed to brag about them since it was really Elsie and Sarah who developed them.</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Any time you get a new device it takes a while to get used to the settings, so it was a good time to refresh and learn more in those areas. I&#39;m also trying out different backgrounds and looking to give my photos different composition. I&#39;ve been playing around with negative space and how it can add weight to an image.</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Blah, blah, blah, art and stuff. :)</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">This article has been more about my journey rather than photography tips and tricks, I realize. Do you all want to hear about more specific photography tips/tricks (for Smartphone + DSLR cameras)? Let me know if you have something you&#39;d like to learn.</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Nothing would please me more than to point out a few cooking, baking, food photography heroes in my life. I&#39;ve been devouring cookbooks and food blogs for many years now, and I&#39;ve learned so much from this community. Here are a few of my favorites:</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a href=\"http://101cookbooks.com\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">101 Cookbooks</span></a></span><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a href=\"http://acozykitchen.com\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">A Cozy Kitchen</span></a></span><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a href=\"http://www.annies-eats.com\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Annie&#39;s Eats</span></a></span><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a href=\"http://www.bakerella.com\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Bakerella</span></a></span><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a href=\"http://www.cakespy.com\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Cake Spy</span></a></span><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a href=\"http://www.davidlebovitz.com\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">David Lebovitz</span></a></span><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a href=\"http://everybodylikessandwiches.com\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Everybody Likes Sandwiches</span></a></span><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a href=\"http://teaandfancy.blogspot.ca\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Holly Neufeld</span></a></span><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a href=\"http://joythebaker.com\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Joy the Baker</span></a></span><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a href=\"http://www.marthastewart.com\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Martha Stewart</span></a></span><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a href=\"http://www.mattarmendariz.com\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Matt Armendariz</span></a></span><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a href=\"http://mimithorisson.com\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Mimi Thorisson</span></a></span><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a href=\"http://minimalistbaker.com\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Minimalist Baker</span></a></span><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a href=\"http://sevenspoons.net\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Seven Spoons</span></a></span><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a href=\"http://www.shutterbean.com\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Shutterbean</span></a></span><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a href=\"http://smittenkitchen.com\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Smitten Kitchen</span></a></span><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a href=\"http://www.sprinklebakes.com\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Sprinkle Bakes</span></a></span><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a href=\"http://www.sproutedkitchen.com\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Sprouted Kitchen</span></a></span><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a href=\"http://thepioneerwoman.com\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">The Pioneer Woman</span></a></span><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">and many, many more!!!!</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 8pt; background-color: #ffffff;\">Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman.&#0160;</span></p>",
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         "renderedContent": "<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd5446970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><img alt=\"Food photography through the years\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd5446970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd5446970d-800wi\" title=\"Food photography through the years\" /></span></a>Did you know that in a few short weeks I&#39;ll be celebrating five years of food blogging? Sometimes when you hit milestones it&#39;s fun to take a look back and remember how far you&#39;ve traveled. So, in honor of five years of cooking, eating, learning, and photographing my food like a weirdo, I thought I&#39;d put together a little mini tour of how my food photography has grown and evolved over the years.</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">As you can see in the above collage, it has been quite the journey. I&#39;ve learned tons along the way! As I look through these photos, two things stick out in my mind. Do you remember my article about <a href=\"http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/08/5-secrets-to-success.html\" target=\"_blank\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">5 secrets to success</span></a>? Well, one of my tips was &quot;don&#39;t wait for perfection.&quot; As you can see, when it comes to food blogging, I did not. Ha! I was passionate about it, and I just went for it. And although many of these photos sort of embarrass me now, I&#39;m so glad I didn&#39;t wait on perfection, and I just took&#0160;the leap! I would not be where I am today if I hadn&#39;t.</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Another tip I shared was to &quot;start now.&quot; When I started food blogging I had a very old hand-me-down DSLR camera, I had a TINY kitchen I shared with two roommates, I didn&#39;t have any fancy dishes or food styling props, I was not by any stretch of the imagination a pro chef, and my grocery budget was somewhere around $150 a month. I had a million reasons not to start food blogging right then. But again, I did anyway, and I am SO glad I did.&#0160;</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Okay, so without further ado, let&#39;s look at some dingy food photos. Ha! Note: I did not edit any of these, other than cropping to fit into collages, from their original, published state.</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd5464970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><img alt=\"Food photography from 2010\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd5464970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a73dfd5464970d-800wi\" title=\"Food photography from 2010\" /></span></a>Here we are in 2009. I was living in the heart of Hollywood, CA. I actually remember eating all of these dishes. That cauliflower curry number in the bottom right side, although not a great photo, was super delicious. I&#39;ve also always loved no-bake cookies (top right) and still use the exact same recipe from this post to this day.&#0160;</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">I also remember I was checking out every single cookbook my local library had. I was obsessed!</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Honestly, these photos aren&#39;t that bad. I knew to always find the best light. I can tell I took all these photos near a window during the day. So, no crazy dark night photography here. I didn&#39;t really use Photoshop very much except to re-size images to fit on my blog. I didn&#39;t have a lot of ideas for food styling yet. But, you can tell I was trying, because I know I propped up that stuffed pepper to look just so. I can see the effort; just all the pieces weren&#39;t quite there yet.</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a511f2244a970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><img alt=\"Food photography from 2011\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201a511f2244a970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a511f2244a970c-800wi\" title=\"Food photography from 2011\" /></span></a>Here we are in 2010. I guess you can&#39;t really tell from these photos, but I had already improved my cooking skills about 100%. I was beginning to develop my own style and taste too.</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">I can tell I was still finding the best light I could, and I was trying different angles, tilting things in the photos to try and give them an interesting perspective. I still wasn&#39;t using Photoshop very much. During this year I also moved back to Missouri and was living at my parents&#39; house. I can always tell in the photos, because I can see my mom&#39;s cloth napkins and dishes that I was using. (Thank you for your support and taste testing over the years, Mom and Dad!)</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a511f2246b970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><img alt=\"Food photography from 2012\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201a511f2246b970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201a511f2246b970c-800wi\" title=\"Food photography from 2012\" /></span></a>I liked 2011. It was a good year. I got a new camera! About half way through the year I bought my house and had a whole new setup in my very own kitchen to work out of. I had gotten to a place where I felt really comfortable in the kitchen and began experimenting with more baking (lots of bread that year!) and using all sorts of different flours. I should go back to that; it was a good time.&#0160;</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">My food styling looks to be improving. I can tell I was working hard to add color, patterns, and just more dimension to my food styling. I had also made some improvements in my Photoshop skills and was practicing using my new camera lots. 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From recognition to decisions: Extending and testing recognition-based models for multi-alternative inference. <em>Psychonomic Bulletin &amp; Review, 17,</em> 287–309. doi:10.3758/PBR.17.3.287</td>\r\n</tr>\r\n</tbody>\r\n</table>\r\n<p>The first in-text citations to each of these would be as follows:</p>\r\n<ul>\r\n<li>(Marewski, Gaissmaier, &amp; Gigerenzer, 2010)</li>\r\n<li>(Marewski, Gaissmaier, Schooler, Goldstein, &amp; Gigerenzer, 2010)</li>\r\n</ul>\r\n<p>For the subsequent in-text citations we would usually abbreviate these studies to the first author name plus <em>et al.</em>; however, doing so here would produce two Marewski et al. (2010) citations, leaving the reader unable to tell which one you mean (if the citations were from different years we would not have this problem, because the years would tell them apart). 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Jonathan Pryor, head of FX dealing at Investec Corporate and Institutional Treasury, says the 7-2 split is a surprise, given how dovish the Bank’s Inflation Report was last week: 'This vote is likely to leave UK businesses scratching their heads about the direction of sterling and the best way to guard against potential volatility over the coming weeks and months.'\"\n\n1. <img align=\"right\" src=\"http://delong.typepad.com/.a/6a00e551f08003883401a511f93e2c970c-pi\" alt=\"Europe pessimistic on income equality as Americans cling to dream FT com\" title=\"Europe_pessimistic_on_income_equality_as_Americans_cling_to_dream_-_FT_com.png\" border=\"0\" width=\"275\" />**Stefan Wagstyl:** <a href=\"http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/33c9aa64-260b-11e4-9bca-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3AmoWTSAO\">Europe pessimistic on income equality as Americans cling to dream:</a> \"Most Europeans think their societies are far less equal than they are, while Americans are unusual in believing that their country is somewhat more equal than it really is.... Judith Niehues is due to present her findings this week at Germany’s Lindau economic conference.... People in Europe underestimate the proportion of middle-income earners and overestimate the proportion of the poor.... Only the US has a more unequal income distribution than its citizens imagined...\"\n\n2. **Rajiv Sethi:** <a href=\"http://rajivsethi.blogspot.de/2014/08/the-agent-based-method.html\">The Agent-Based Method:</a> \"It's nice to see some attention being paid to agent-based... models, but Chris House has managed to misrepresent the methodology so completely that his post is likely to do more harm than good.... 'Probably the most important distinguishing feature is that, in an ABM, the interactions are governed by rules of behavior that the modeler simply encodes directly into the system individuals.'... [House is,] to say the least... grossly misleading.... We could start from the premise that our high-frequency traders want to maximize profits.... 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         "renderedContent": "<p><img src=\"http://delong.typepad.com/.a/6a00e551f08003883401a3fd21159e970b-pi\" width=\"275\" align=\"right\" /><strong>Over at <a href=\"http://EquitableGrowth.org\">Equitable Growth</a>--<a href=\"http://equitablegrowth.org/blog\">The Equitablog</a></strong></p>\n\n<ul>\n<li><strong>Nick Bunker:</strong> <a href=\"http://equitablegrowth.org/news/variation-spending-children-important/\">Is the variation in spending on children important? - Washington Center for Equitable Growth</a></li>\n<li><a href=\"http://equitablegrowth.org/2014/08/20/lunchtime-must-read-graeme-wearden-bank-england-split-7-2-interest-rates/\">Lunchtime Must-Read: Graeme Wearden: Bank of England Split 7-2 Over Interest Rates - Washington Center for Equitable Growth</a> </li>\n<li><a href=\"http://equitablegrowth.org/2014/08/19/lunchtime-must-read-rajiv-sethi-agent-based-method/\">Lunchtime Must-Read: Rajiv Sethi: The Agent-Based Method - Washington Center for Equitable Growth</a> </li>\n<li><a href=\"http://equitablegrowth.org/2014/08/19/morning-must-read-menzie-chinn-implications-procyclical-fiscal-policy-wisconsin-edition/\">Morning Must-Read: Menzie Chinn: Implications of Procyclical Fiscal Policy: Wisconsin Edition - Washington Center for Equitable Growth</a></li>\n<li><a href=\"http://equitablegrowth.org/2014/08/19/morning-must-read-stefan-wagstyle-income-inequality-americans-unique/\">Morning Must-Read: Stefan Wagstyle: Income Inequality--Americans Are Unique - Washington Center for Equitable Growth</a>   </li>\n</ul>\n\n<p><strong>Plus:</strong></p>\n\n<ul>\n<li><a href=\"http://equitablegrowth.org/2014/08/20/things-read-lunchtime-august-20-2014/\">Things to Read at Lunchtime on August 20, 2014 - Washington Center for Equitable Growth</a> </li>\n</ul>\n\n<p><strong>Must- and Shall-Reads:</strong>UP TO BELOW \"PLUS\" AND BEFORE \"AND OVER HERE\")</p>\n\n<ol>\n<li><p><strong>Graeme Wearden:</strong> <a href=\"http://www.theguardian.com/business/blog/live/2014/aug/20/bank-of-england-minutes-to-shed-light-on-interest-rate-rises-business-live\">Bank of England split 7-2 over interest rates:</a> \"The Institute of Directors, which represents Britain’s bosses, is delighted to see two hawks emerge at the Bank of England. 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Judith Niehues is due to present her findings this week at Germany’s Lindau economic conference.... People in Europe underestimate the proportion of middle-income earners and overestimate the proportion of the poor.... Only the US has a more unequal income distribution than its citizens imagined...\"</p></li>\n<li><p><strong>Rajiv Sethi:</strong> <a href=\"http://rajivsethi.blogspot.de/2014/08/the-agent-based-method.html\">The Agent-Based Method:</a> \"It's nice to see some attention being paid to agent-based... models, but Chris House has managed to misrepresent the methodology so completely that his post is likely to do more harm than good.... 'Probably the most important distinguishing feature is that, in an ABM, the interactions are governed by rules of behavior that the modeler simply encodes directly into the system individuals.'... [House is,] to say the least... grossly misleading.... We could start from the premise that our high-frequency traders want to maximize profits.... 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