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The wish to eat fresh food with more flavors, to know where the food comes from and the way it has been produced, to eat seasonal products or even to help farmers getting better price for their products. Many factors are spurring consumers to find new ways of purchasing food. Likewise, many producers want to […]

Culinary fads come and go throughout the years, but few have gained clout as steadily as Organic foods have. Almost everyone can agree that producing and treating our food as naturally as possible is a desirable goal that will lead to healthier consumers, but surprisingly little has been done to scientifically evaluate this albeit intuitive […]

Last November several French ministers, including Mr. Le Foll, French Ministry of Agriculture, presented a range of initiatives to better connect farmers to consumers, and particularly to collective catering. These initiatives were developed in order to achieve the goal of 40% of local products in the food served in collective catering facilities (schools, companies’ restaurants…) […]

Have you ever wondered about the history and effort behind your favorite bottle of wine? Has the complicated bustle of city life ever born in you the desire to your natural roots? These are just some of the now common European and American trends that have led to an increase in rural tourism. Defined quite […]

What are your thoughts about doggy bagging leftovers at restaurants? The French Ministry of Agriculture set out to find the answer to this question among its citizens as part of its National Pact against Food Waste that was launched in June 2013. The results of a recent poll suggest that there is a real demand […]

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 […]

The “Ambition Bio 2017” program is one of the most agro-ecological measures taken by the French Government to make producers, distributors, and citizens work together. Six main goals have been defined: To develop organic production. An incentive system will encourage farmers to keep their fields under organic management. This goal will be mainly financed by […]

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 […]

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). […]

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 […]