Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry

From mid-October until the end of November, the Alimenterre Festival is proposing hundreds of events all across France on the theme of “The future is at stake on our plates.” Organized each year during the same period for the past ten years, the Alimenterre Festival is an international unmissable event linked to issues about the […]

The 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) takes place in Bonn, Germany, from Nov. 6 to 17. This is an important event for France, which is committed to integrating agriculture and forests into the fight against climate change. This COP 23 is part of […]

The interbranch organization which represents and drives the French forestry industry, France Bois Forêt, last month launched a three year communication campaign designed to boost wood consumption in France. This campaign will receive the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, Minister Stéphane Travert announced. With 440,000 jobs spread across close to 60,000 businesses and […]

During the International Animal Production Show taking place in Rennes this month, the French Ministry of Agriculture launched a new communications campaign destined for livestock farmers and veterinarians. The promotion of reasonable and prudent use of antibiotics in both veterinary and human medicine is a major global public health challenge. The Ministry of Agriculture has […]

France initiated the first ministerial conference for the protection of forests in Europe (Strasbourg, 1990) during which European states pledged to implement a policy of conserving forest genetic resources, which was reaffirmed in 2004 during the interministerial conference in Vienna as part of the sustainable forest management policy. Following the conference in Strasbourg, the French […]

This year, the World Food Council joined with the United Nations Convention in its fight against desertification in order to give out its prestigious Future Policy Award 2017. The 4 per 1000 Initiative, aimed at increasing the storage of carbon in agricultural soils, is one of the seven policies being considered for the award this […]

Following the launch of France’s National Strategy of Bioeconomy in January, the French Ministry of Agriculture has released a draft Bioeconomy Action Plan for public comments. This plan is based on themed workshops that took place during the previous two years and proposes several avenues of work for the years to come, structured around the […]

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 […]

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% […]