French Agrifood Industry

The French seed sector can attribute much of its excellent international reputation to good climate conditions, crop diversity and bountiful output. During the 2012-2013 campaign, the sector exported 1.9 billion dollars’ worth of seeds, a whopping 15% increase from the previous year. These figures make France the world’s number one seed exporter, placing it ahead […]

Civil society has new expectations on agricultural practices. Consumers have grown increasingly conscious of agricultural practices, and want to know if changes are underway.  The Environmental Certification process is an efficient way in which France can communicate its sustainable agriculture policies and practices to the public and allow consumers to easily identify farms engaged in […]

For the past thirty years, the company Savéol Nature – based in Guivapas, Brittany – has been growing select species of insects alongside their crops. The types and number of insects to be bred depend on reproduction cycles as well as on the plant varieties grown in the greenhouses. Such farming has equipped Savéol Nature […]

On June 25, 2008 a French law was passed which allows the production of food with or without the use of GMOs. It provides regulatory provisions that must be followed by farmers wishing to cultivate GMOs, in order that their neighbors remain free to make their own choices. This French law also requires the compulsory […]

Fish farming has a long history in France. In the Middle Ages, French monks were breeding fishes in lakes and ponds. When artificial reproduction for salmon trout was established at the end of the 19th century, French salmon aquaculture soared. Around the world, fishing captures are capped to 90 million metric tons (mt) since the […]

The sale of GMOs and products derived from them, as well as the deliberate release of GMOs into the environment (i.e., the use of GMOs in an open area) are regulated by the EU (directive 2001/18/EC on the deliberate release of GMOs into the environment, and regulation 1829/2003 on genetically modified foodstuffs and animal feed). […]

A network of 18 Wholesale markets (« Marché d’Intérêt National » – MIN) organizes the distribution of fresh products in France. It represents 35% of the French food distribution market. What is a MIN? MINs were created in 1953 after World War II in conditions of food scarcity. They allowed for the modernization and efficiency […]

Over the past 40 years, the number of corporate agricultural organizations in France has increased from 1% to 30% of the total number of farms. Farmers and ranchers get involved in a corporate organization of farms for many reasons: division of labor, optimization of production, protection of private wealth, integration of capital providers, and the […]

The French agrifood industry is one of France and Europe’s most important economic sectors, and the French Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry’s office of Statistics and Studies has just released a comprehensive fact sheet, breaking down the industry piece by piece and examining what makes it so unique. In addition to the figures presented […]