Tag Archives: environment

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 […]

France’s innovative 4 per 1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate has made significant progress over the past year in preparation for the COP22 climate change conference taking place now in Marrakesh, Morocco. As a reminder, the 4 per 1000 Initiative was launched by France in 2015 to bring together all willing partners (national […]

Organic agriculture has been shown to have numerous positive benefits, a new study commissioned by the French Ministry of Agriculture has found. Biodiversity, air and water quality, soil fertility, climate and human health are all areas that are thought to benefit from organic agriculture. But quantifiable data to back these claims up are sometimes lacking, […]

Public food service providers in France now have a new tool to use to help them develop their supply of local, high-quality food. Localim, a portmanteau of “Local” and a French word for food, “alimentation,” is designed to serve as a sort of tool box for people in charge of making food purchasing decisions in […]

The first festival dedicated entirely to the reduction of waste took place June 30 to July 2 in Paris. The Zero Waste Festival was dedicated to providing information, including practical and theoretical support, to the food industry, members of the public, and to local governments and other officials in order to reduce food and other […]

Scientists at the French Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) have sequenced the genome of the sunflower, a major achievement that will help improve varietal sunflower breeding programs. This is the first time that the sunflower’s genome has been completely sequenced, meaning that all of the plant’s genes were decoded, assembled and put in the correct […]

The French Ministry of Agriculture has announced its key proposals for what the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should prioritize for 2020 and beyond to better meet the common agricultural needs of the EU of the future. The CAP, which was introduced in 1962, serves as the key EU-wide tool to structure agricultural policies […]

The French government recently made some important announcements about the 4 per 1000 Initiative for Food Security and Climate, which aims to reduce climate change by increasing carbon sequestration in soils. Just to remember the objective of the 4 per 1000 Initiative: According to scientists, if the annual amount of carbon stored in soils was […]

The French organic agriculture industry moved into high speed in 2015, the organic food agency “Agence Bio” announced at the end of May. Based largely on increasing demands from French consumers for organic products, the organic food industry saw significant increases across the board in total sales, land devoted to organic agriculture, and the number […]

As part of its fight against climate change, the city of Paris launched a call for proposals for a project with a goal of greening the capital through the expansion of urban agriculture. The city and its partners have made 47 sites throughout Paris available to grow plants and vegetables in the heart of the […]