French Agrifood Industry

Bringing food closer to home

February 23, 2021

Nov. 9 then Dec. 16, 2020, in the presence of the Minister for Agriculture and Food as well as the Minister for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses, a group of France’s largest food distribution and grocery stores and the national federation of grocery retailers signed charters to implement different actions to promote fresh and local food […]

For the second consecutive year, small and medium-sized businesses were designated by the Ministry for Agriculture and Food as well as Bpifrance to participate in the Agrifood Accelerator, a support program for small and medium sized businesses in the French food sector. Those selected will benefit from a tailor-made support program over a two-year period. […]

Many INRAE scientists undertake research projects using animals as models for fundamental research (understanding biological mechanisms), or for research on animal health, genetic and reproduction, nutrition, animal welfare, agroecological livestock systems biodiversity, environmental protection and wild species conservation.. The long-term goal is to develop alternative testing methods. For cases where replacement by other approaches is […]

The French Ministry of Agriculture and Food, in partnership with the French Chambers of Agriculture, announced on Jan. 12, 2021, the opening of the “Frais et local” (“Fresh and Local”) platform, allowing for the easy identification of producers from partner networks and of places to purchase from them nearby. The platform today includes more than […]

Towards greener vineyards

December 11, 2020

Fungi, insects, nematode weeds and all these pests are seemingly plotting to wreak havoc in the vineyards. Not surprisingly considering the wide range of their enemies, vineyards are one of the most pesticide-intensive crops, which raises public health concerns in France and elsewhere. If the need to decrease the amount of crop protection products is […]

Fermentation for the future

December 11, 2020

Which characteristic do cheese, bread, beer, wine and salami share in common? The answer is easy: all of these products have experienced a fermentation process. Some microorganisms such as bacteria or yeast have transformed their basic material into nutritional and organoleptic features. The vegetables group is missing from the list. In Asia or East Europe, […]

As a gesture of solidarity in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, the French Minister of Agriculture and Food, Julien Denormandie, presented a charter of commitments to highlight fresh and local products in large supermarket stores, signed by representatives of the majority of France’s large supermarket chains. Around 70% of food purchases in […]

Agrilocal is an internet platform for purchasing local food products. It puts public purchasers from institutional catering (hospitals, schools, retirement homes, etc.) directly into contact with local producers. Created in 2013 in the French département of Drôme, it is now available in 36 départements. The success of Agrilocal is due to it engaging in direct […]

The International Exhibition for Animal Production (SPACE) was back Sept. 15 to 18 for its 34th edition! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the show adapted: numerous digital meetings were proposed. Aquaculture, poultry farming, beef, goats, rabbits, sheep and pig, SPACE enhances the value of animal farming and its multiple facets. This year, the entire show […]

Pastoralism plays an essential role in the life of mountains. It particularly helps in the maintenance of the landscape, but also in the local economy and tourism, and helps maintain rich prairie biodiversity. But in the face of recent changes brought about by the warming of the atmosphere, will these fragile production systems be able […]