Policies & Programs

The planet is quantitatively capable of feeding its 7 billion inhabitants, though one billion people suffer from hunger and another 1.4 billion are overweight. This imbalance could even be greater by 2050, when we are expected to reach 9 billion people. Will the earth be able to feed its inhabitants when resources become scarce and […]

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 […]

One of the actions of the National Program for Food (Programme National pour l’Alimentation – PNA) aims to facilitate access to quality food for all, and more specifically to improve the diet of people who do not have the choice of their meal (for example in hospitals, jails, school cafeterias…) or for the most at-risk […]

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). […]

Launched in September 2010 by ministries working on food and diet, the PNA adventure involves the private sectors, territorial authorities and the non-profit sector. The main challenges of this plan are to mobilize all stakeholders of the food chain, to recreate a link between the food producer, the product and the consumer, and above all […]

The French food safety system is traditionally based on several principles, such as the integrated “field to fork” approach, operator responsibility, product identification and traceability. The objective of this system is to ensure food safety and quality, animal health and welfare, and plant protection and well-being. In 2010, COFRAC, the French accreditation body endorsed French […]

Launched in January 2001, The French National Health and Nutrition Program aims to improve the health of the entire French population by acting on one of its major determinants, nutrition. To achieve the four main objectives of this plan (to reduce obesity, to increase physical activity, to improve eating habits, to reduce the prevalence of […]

A lot of consumers think that more respect to the environment makes better food. For example 24% of the French people think the government should promote products that protect the environment. Following this demand and the need to protect our natural resources, ambitious policies were drawn and the organic production sector has been growing really […]

On October 2, 2011, new legislation was passed in France concerning the nutritional balance of lunches served in schools. Several new rules concerning the nutritional quality and the quantity of some products will be implemented in cafeterias serving more than 80 people. Fried food will not be served more than once a week. Fat and […]

A NEED FOR CHANGE In just a few decades our horizon has changed. Global warming, exhaustion of our most vital resources and damage to biodiversity have erupted from the domain of purely scientific observation into the social and economic realms. These new global realities can no longer be ignored by public action. Agriculture and forestry […]