Research & Innovation

France has made important strides in its comprehensive Agriculture Innovation 2025 plan for a competitive agriculture that is respectful of the environment. First launched in October of last year, the plan proposes 30 projects to make agricultural production in France more high-tech and environmentally friendly. A new announcement from the Ministry of Agriculture provides good […]

The National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) and its international partners published a major study cataloguing the DNA of the intestinal gut of pork. Pork is a major species in the global food production system and is also used as an important model animal in biomedical research. After doing the same catalogue with the intestinal […]

Scientists at the French Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) have sequenced the genome of the sunflower, a major achievement that will help improve varietal sunflower breeding programs. This is the first time that the sunflower’s genome has been completely sequenced, meaning that all of the plant’s genes were decoded, assembled and put in the correct […]

The French government recently launched its Agriculture Innovation 2025 plan, aimed at improving the capacity of French agriculture to more strongly engage and mobilize research and to convert the advances in agricultural innovation into benefits for both competitiveness on the global market and improved environmental performance. With more than 10% of all public research and […]

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 […]

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 diet of the future was the theme of the National Agricultural Science Research Institute (INRA) at the International Agricultural Show in Paris last February. The goal was to present the way in which our eating habits will change in the coming decades given the current environmental challenges. INRA’s researchers have been working on products […]

An international consortium of over 30 research institutes -among which are three French research centers – has succeeded in sequencing the entire genome of Brassica napus L, more commonly known as rapeseed. Rapeseed – the plant from which we derive canola oil – is the most important oilseed crop in Europe, Canada, and Australia and […]