Policies & Programs

The French Ministry of Agriculture’s National Forestry Office recently recognized the French forest of Bercé in the Loire Valley as an “Exceptional Forest.” France’s Exceptional Forest program highlights well-managed state-owned forests. The forest of Bercé was officially declared an Exceptional Forest during a ceremony March 18th. These forests, often former royal forests, are the fruits […]

The Directorate General for Food (DGAL), the agency in the French Ministry of Agriculture in charge of food safety and quality, animal and plant health, as well as animal welfare, released its annual report highlighting key initiatives, facts and figures from 2016. The DGAL is preparing for the future with an agricultural system that is […]

The French Ministry of Agriculture along with the French Ministry of Health and Social Affairs launched a national charter aiming to promote responsible and sustainable food in establishments like nursing homes and homes for people with disabilities. The medical-social establishments that commit to this charter pledge to offer healthy and appropriate food to the seniors […]

Forests cover vast terrestrial ecosystems and are among the large contemporary issues of global importance. The French Law on the Future of Agriculture, Food and Forests, adopted in October 2014, recognizes that it is in the general interest to protect and provide value to forests and woods, the preserve natural resources and biodiversity and to […]

Organic agriculture in France is scaling up quickly without losing its key values, according to a new report by the French organic agricultural agency, Agence Bio. Today, organic agriculture affects practically all French people. According to the latest polling numbers, nearly 90% of French people say they consumed organic food in 2016, and nearly 70% […]

In its approach to help all types of production to implement the principles of agroecology, the French Ministry of agriculture published a new guide specific to the wine industry. As a reminder, agroecology refers to an ecological approach to agricultural production and promoting sustainable agricultural practices. This guide answers an important ambition of the industry, […]

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 […]