• Two years after France passed its law to fight food waste – a world first – the results show very positive effects, largely expressed during the Estates General of Food. A regulation that has proved its effectiveness, particularly with charity organizations, and that will soon spread to other parts of the economy.
  • The French National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) undertook a program starting in 2000 to create wine grape varieties possessing sustainable resistance to the main fungal infections that affect grape vines. This project has just led to four new varieties with natural resistance to mildew and ash disease
  • The French Ministry of Agriculture, along with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Research and the Ministry of the Environment, have launched a policy dialogue on reducing the use of chemical substances in agriculture that pose significant concerns for health. The ministries released a roadmap for the dialogue.
  • Put on line Jan. 19, the service platform La Forêt Bouge (The Forest Moves) is addressed to owners of private forests in France. A concrete action coming from the National Program of Forests and Wood, this website’s goal is to help owners locate, get to know better, and maintain their forested lands in order to better manage them.
  • Cantal cheese is one of France’s oldest continually produced cheeses, with its origins in the area around the Cantal département of France (both cheese and département names are derived from the Cantal mountain range), dating back a stunning 2,000 years.