Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry

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 […]

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 […]

As part of the 2nd National Day of Agroforestry, France unveiled new plans for developing ecologically sustainable forestry practices throughout the country. The plan aims to reduce the environmental impact of forestry and to integrate forest management practices into the transition to agroecology. Agroforestry consists primarily of mixing the planting of trees with crops and/or […]

Agriculture played a key role in this month’s historic COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, with multiple side events showcasing innovative solutions to climate change through the use of agriculture. On December 2nd, large themes surrounding agriculture and forests were presented at the climate talks. The themes featured several presentations from NGOs and government groups around […]

France’s innovative 4 per 1000 Initiative was officially launched Dec. 1 during the COP 21 climate talks in Paris, and more than 100 nations, non-profits and NGOs have signed on as giving their official support to the program, which promotes sequestering carbon in the soil. “4 per 1000 is essentially a global initiative. We must […]

France is taking the threat of global warming and the climate disruptions it will cause seriously, and is investing time and money into researching innovative ways to mitigate the effects of climate change to our planet – notably its effects on agriculture and forestry. The French Alliance for Environmental Research has released a report, titled […]