French Agrifood Industry

After the International Year of Forests in 2011, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 21st as the International Day of Forests. All over the world, this day serves to promote the celebration of trees and forests and makes people realize their importance in their lives. On this occasion, all countries are encouraged to make […]

This past November the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) published a comprehensive special report that reviews the cutting-edge research its teams of scientists are conducting in the areas of wine-growing and oenology. From the determinants of taste to the link between a wine and its terroir, here is a quick review of INRA’s […]

The Organic Spring takes place each year during the month of June to promote organic farming and products. All around the country, farms and processing establishments organize an array of promotional activities ranging from open houses and educational exhibitions to product tastings and organic catering services. The launch of the 15th “Organic Spring Meeting” took […]

The Science for Action and Development department of INRA (National Institute for Research in Agriculture) hosted in November an international meeting called “New Types of Agriculture: common farming, public debates and social critics”. The objective of this meeting was to consider different types of sustainable farming through the scope of social sciences. The main concern […]

INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research) is the number one research organization in Europe, and number two in the world today in agricultural sciences, plant sciences and the environment, thanks to its publications. Because of its mission-oriented research program, the Institute must combine scientific excellence with the task of translating the questions raised by […]

Agence BIO, the French public body responsible for developing and promoting organic farming, recently published its 10th annual report on the organic industry in France in 2014, and business is booming! This past year, France was the number one European producer of organic broilers, hens and oilseeds and number two for dairy and meat cows. […]

With gross sales reaching €10.8 billion, 2014 was the third best year in the history French wine and spirit exportations despite a 2.8% reduction in both volume exported and overall revenue, according to the French Federation of Wine and Spirits Exporters. The trade balance came in at €9.5 billion, solidifying wine and spirits as the […]

After more than 10 years of suspension, the importation of French apples and pears to the United States is once again underway. A first consignment of French apples has already arrived in the U.S., and many more are expected to follow. The embargo was initially placed on French apples and pears by the American authorities […]

French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll has announced the publication of a new technical guide for forestry called “Successful Forest Plantation.” Previous versions of this guide in 1986 and 1990 were received with great public enthusiasm and commended by industry professionals, especially those involved in reforestation efforts. Since the legal, technical and environmental context […]

The objective of this new “baseline contract” is to offer compensation for production costs rather than for the farmer’s revenue. The indemnity would give them the opportunity to re-launch a production cycle after having faced losses due to catastrophes incurred by extreme weather. This new insurance policy will be affordable for most farmers and ranchers […]