Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), created in the 1950s, is the most important European policy. It has evolved with society, from helping to achieve food security after World War II, to promoting more respect for the environment, better food safety, phytosanitary and animal welfare standards today. It is more than an agricultural policy – it […]

All professionals in France whose jobs involve phytopharmaceuticals, more commonly referred to as pesticides, must obtain an official license beforehand called “Certiphyto.” This ambitious global certification program is estimated to affect more than 800,000 workers in France, according to the French Ministry of Agriculture. Pesticides, such as Insecticides, herbicides and fungicides, are used to protect […]

I. Agriculture is a strategic sector for the European Union (EU) European agriculture ensures food security Food security was one of the priorities set for the common agricultural policy (CAP) after the Second World War. This objective is still a priority today: agricultural production will need to increase in the coming years to meet the […]

There is a new label on the shelves in France. Stéphane Le Foll, French Minister of Agriculture, presented this “Haute Valeur Environnementale” (High Environmental Value) logo as a means of recognizing agrifood farms and establishments that meet the highest environmental standards of production. The logo will appear on all products that come from such certified […]

  “Territorial anchorage” refers to the establishment of a reliable local food system that caters to and develops the agricultural predisposition of a specific land. The idea is that by taking full advantage of the natural strengths of a locality, producers will intersect in a more intimate with consumers and everyone in between, thereby reconnecting […]

On April 28th, 2014, more than a year after its inception, French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll presented the first updates and results of the sustainability program for the beekeeping sector. This 40 million euros ($55 million) three-year program initially launched on February 8th, 2013, and seeks to strengthen the French beekeeping sector in […]

The objective of this new “baseline contract” is to offer compensation for production costs rather than for the farmer’s revenue. The indemnity would give them the opportunity to re-launch a production cycle after having faced losses due to catastrophes incurred by extreme weather. This new insurance policy will be affordable for most farmers and ranchers […]

In France, Agro-Ecology has officially made its way into French law, seeking to combine economic, environmental and social performance, reduce the consumption of energy, water, fertilizer, pesticides and veterinary medicine, and to work with natural mechanisms instead of against them. The incorporation of Agro-Ecology into law took over two years and required the laying of […]

Organic farming is a method of production that respects the environment and guarantees high levels of animal welfare. Those requirements are defined in a highly rigorous set of mandatory specifications, mostly coordinated at the EU level, systematically backed up by inspections. This type of production rules out the use of synthetic chemicals and GMOs, in […]

What does it mean to “produce in a different way”? By “producing in a different way,” Stéphane Le Foll means bridging the gap between economic and ecological results. He wants to encourage the development of new environmentally-friendly agricultural models that are also cost-efficient. The initiative is a way to show that sustainable farming practices can […]