Policies & Programs

France’s agro-ecology project has made big progress in 2015. French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll recently announced new worksites for 2016, notably the adaptation of environmental standards to agro-ecological modes of productions. Mr. Le Foll also welcomed the concrete advances in France’s agro-ecological project, in particular the creation of the first 250 Economic and Environmental […]

French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll announced April 19 that he was increasing the resources available to France’s Ecophyto 2 plan, in an effort to reduce and improve the use of plant protection products like pesticides, to 71 million euros. Initially, the plan was funded with 40 million euros. France’s Ecophyto 2 plan aims […]

Created by the French government as part of its large project “Industry of the Future,” the Smart Food Plan encourages business innovation in favor of an agro-food industry that’s more connected, more competitive and more respectful of the environment and agricultural workers. The agriculture sector is facing many unique new challenges: citizens are growing increasingly […]

The proactive plan Ecoantibio from 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, is aimed at reducing the use of antibiotics in animal health in order to avoid cases of antibiotic resistance as […]

©Xavier.Remongin/MinAgri.Fr Representatives of more than 50 member states of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and international organizations, including 23 ministers of Agriculture, met in Paris on April 7th and 8th for an exchange on agricultural policy and to define priorities for public agricultural policies. The meeting was co-chaired by French Minister of Agriculture […]

French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll in April launched an ambitious and comprehensive strategy for improving animal welfare in France, from farms to pets. Among other things, the intensification of animal productions, territorial changes, and the evolution of scientific knowledge explain why citizens are increasingly concerned that animal welfare be better taken into account. […]

France’s innovative 4 per 1000 Initiative will once again be placed in the international spotlight after its official launch at the COP21 Paris climate talks last December. The Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture along with the French Ministry of Agriculture will host this April 28th a major meeting to help determine the future steps of the […]

Around the world, antibiotics are widely used to treat bacterial infections, both in human and in veterinary medicine. But they can also have negative effects on health if they’re used in an excessive fashion. In the European Union, the use in livestock farming of antibiotics to promote growth has already been banned since 2006. France […]

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 2015. Here are some of the key points from 2015. Food policy played a […]

In an effort to protect critical pollinizing insects from population decline, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) has proposed increased restrictions for the limited use of certain insecticides. Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticidal substances that are accused of causing harm to important pollinizing insect species likes bees that are […]