French Agrifood Industry

As parts of its efforts in reducing climate change, France is taking a new look at one of its most important relationships: how the country relates to food. Two big developments in the country’s food industry have taken place in the past month having to do with local, quality food and reducing food waste. Here’s […]

France is taking the threat of global warming and the climate disruptions it will cause seriously, and is investing time and money into researching innovative ways to mitigate the effects of climate change to our planet – notably its effects on agriculture and forestry. The French Alliance for Environmental Research has released a report, titled […]

October 16 was the National Day Against Food Waste in France. On this occasion, the National Follow-up Committee on the National Pact Against Food Waste, which brings together all food service industries and relevant government agencies, met to set project goals for the coming year. Food waste is an important contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, […]

A highly successful French campaign against food waste will soon be hitting markets in several other countries, including the United States. Les Gueules cassées (which translates as “broken faces.” For the English-language campaign, it will be called “Ugly Mugs”) promotes buying ugly – but perfectly edible and just as tasty – food products that probably […]

The French Ministry of Agriculture has released a report, Agriculture Innovation 2025, which proposes 30 different innovative projects for competitive agriculture that respects the environment. The projects are organized along three broad priorities – making agriculture help in the fight against climate change, using new technologies to advance agriculture, and uniting the fields of research, […]

A French start-up has created an app to reduce food waste and help consumers find cheap food. OptiMiam (a play on the words optimum and the French word for yum, “miam”) allows consumers to buy food for cheap if the ingredients are close to, but not passed, their expiration date. The app reduces food waste […]

The organic food market reached a record 5.5 billion euros in France in 2015. Production and consumption are increasing in 2015 and are predicted to grow by about 9% by the end of the year. “After increasing 10% in 2014 from 2013 levels to reach 5 billion euros, the market for organic products is continuing […]

The French Ministry of Agriculture has released its guide on the appropriate, limited use of chemical pesticides on fruit products in orchards. The Ecophyto Fruit Guide is part of the French government’s overall Ecophyto plan to reduce and improve the use of pesticides and other chemicals on agricultural products in a move toward a more […]

Overall, 150 perfume, aromatic and medicinal plants are cultivated in France. A great number of these plants are inherited from the Charlemagne period in the eighth century (768-814) when he ordered that a selection of aromatic and medicinal plants be cultivated in the King’s gardens. The tradition has remained, especially in some regions of France. […]