Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry

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% […]

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 […]

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 […]