Policies & Programs

The French Ministry of Agriculture has put the notion of bioeconomy at the heart of its national agriculture strategy. Bioeconomy, also called bio-based economy or biotechonomy, refers to the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy via innovative and efficient technologies. Bioeconomy is founded on production, accumulated […]

The publication of results from food safety inspections in the food industry (restaurants, cafeterias, slaughterhouses, etc.) is a legitimate expectation of citizens that adds to consumer confidence in the food industry. Initially proposed by law in 2014, this measure is part of the evolution toward greater transparency on the part of the government. A decree […]

Promoting the principles of agroecology is one of the leading goals of the French Ministry of Agriculture. The Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, presented last December the advancements made in 2016 and perspectives for the New Year 2017 in matters of soil health, food supply and support for farmers in agroecology practices. The first […]

France’s innovative EcoAntibio plan announced big, positive news last month concerning its efforts to reduce the use of antibiotics in agriculture. The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety has just published findings that the goal of reducing the use of antibiotics by 25% in five years (2012-2016) is in progress to […]

More than 200 organizations have already signed the “4 per 1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate,” representing important progress for soil, agriculture and climate. Bringing together civil society, nations, international funds and organizations was a challenge; bringing together 200 of them around a table on the question of agriculture and soils was a […]

France’s innovative 4 per 1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate has made significant progress over the past year in preparation for the COP22 climate change conference taking place now in Marrakesh, Morocco. As a reminder, the 4 per 1000 Initiative was launched by France in 2015 to bring together all willing partners (national […]

Organic agriculture has been shown to have numerous positive benefits, a new study commissioned by the French Ministry of Agriculture has found. Biodiversity, air and water quality, soil fertility, climate and human health are all areas that are thought to benefit from organic agriculture. But quantifiable data to back these claims up are sometimes lacking, […]

Fighting food waste, which is a significant environmental concern, is a top priority for France. The French Ministry of Agriculture just announced that it would be enlisting an unlikely tool in helping to educate the general public in combatting it: Fables and fairy tales. A new nationwide ad campaign employing fairy tale heroes will be […]

Organic food products in France saw historic growth in 2016, according to new information announced by Agence Bio, the French agency for the development and promotion of organic farming. The agency estimates that the organic market saw an increase of approximately 20% in the first semester of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, […]

Due to a rapidly changing climate caused by global greenhouse gas emissions, managing and providing for food security through innovative methods must be a key focus of international actors in the years to come. Following up on a study published in 2011 on “World Food Security in 2050,” two prominent French agricultural research institutions have […]