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During the Paris International Agricultural Show, Stéphane Travert, French Minister for Agriculture and Food, presented France’s national bioeconomy action plan. Bieconomy derives from an energy that is abundant, renewable and free: solar energy. It covers production, the harnessing and the use of agricultural, forest and marine resources to make food, feed, renewable energy, and bio-based materials.

The action plan, put together as an implementing measure of the Estates-General of Food, proposes about fifty different concrete measures to develop the bioeconomy, structured around five axes:

  • improving knowledge,
  • promoting bioeconomy among the public,
  • creating conditions to make supply and demand meet,
  • durably producing, mobilizing and processing bioresources,
  • lifting obstacles and mobilizing resources.

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The implementation of a special label for bio-based products or the taking into account of the bio-based nature of products in public markets should allow, for example, for a greater diffusion and use of wood and insulating materials made from plant fibers in construction. These elements help create value and put in place new agricultural and forestry industries in rural areas. Minister Travert also expressed his desire that the 2024 Paris Olympics could be an occasion to show off these industries of excellence of the future, for example through using these materials in the construction of the Olympic Village.

“Bioeconomy must allow us to pass from an economy founded on fossile resources to a competitive, sustainable economy founded on renewable carbon resources,” Travert said. “Its development is an opportunity to remind all that farmers, ranchers, foresters and fishers feed us but that they can also warm us, clothe us and provide us with electricity and materials.”