French Agrifood Industry

A team of French researchers, some of them from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, has just shown for the first time that organic agriculture benefits honey bee colonies feeding particularly during the period of food scarcity at the end of spring. The research team analyzed six years of data collected as part of […]

Since June 2019, a new social network allows farmers to connect to one another and to exchange, particularly around their practices: Farmr. How does this new French platform work? In December 2017, Baptist Létocart founded his business Farmr with his associate Thomas Camboulive. “I am from an agricultural background, my colleague comes from the digital […]

The High Council for the Climate, a French independent government entity of expertise put in place by the President of France in November 2018, released its first report June 26. In particular, it noted the positive results in the agriculture sector in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. “Emissions in the agricultural sector are practically stable over […]

In France, organic agriculture confirmed its strength in 2018, particularly in production. This included both an increase in the lands devoted to organic agriculture and the consumption of organic products, but also job creation: the industry had its best growth in six years and doubled the production from five years ago. Five thousand additional farms […]

Launched by the Ministry for Higher Education, Research, and Innovation, the Zero Pesticide Goal Program is part of the French government’s goal of moving toward an agriculture that is more respectful of the environment and better for human health. It creates a roadmap that is clear and ambitious for the scientific community to develop, with […]

A new tool developed in France allows farmers to adjust their farm work based on the reproduction periods of flowers and insects in their prairies. The name of the tool is Biotex, and it was developed through a partnership with the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, the Institute of Animal Husbandry (private institute of […]

A multi-criteria epidemiological study, led as part of the BioNutriNet project, cross-referenced the level of organic foods with different indicators of sustainability. Its results show that the food diet of people who consume large amounts of organic products is, taken as a whole, nutritionally more healthy, largely more beneficial to the environment, and reduces exposure […]

For the fourth consecutive year, the French Directorate General of Maritime and Aquaculture Fishing has launched a call for proposals, operated by the French agency FranceAgriMer. Open from April 1 until the end of May, this call for projects’ goal is to encourage the aquaculture industry in France to innovate and is open to businesses, […]

The Committee on General Principles of the Codex Alimentarius, the organization responsible for setting international food standards, is chaired by France (all committees of Codex are chaired by a representative of a country, elected by the others: for instance, the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene is chaired by an American). The 31st session of this […]

In order to come up with innovative solutions to the sustainable raising of goats, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the Animal Husbandry Institute (IDELE) created a new research unit dedicated to the topic, called UMT SC3D. This unit will lead a research and development program over 5 years. This program aims […]