French Agrifood Industry

A team of scientists from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) has just made headway in the discovery of a source of nitrous oxide reduction, and it’s in our soil! Nitrous oxide (N2O) is one of the principal greenhouse gases responsible for the deterioration of the ozone layer, alongside carbon (CO2) and methane […]

Wine connoisseurs around the world owe a great deal in quality assurance to the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA).Their labors directed at decoding the French oak tree genome are bearing a very practical fruit: fraud detection. A holistic sequencing and mapping of this genome allows scientists to identify poorer quality barrels that are […]

After more than 10 years of suspension, the importation of French apples and pears to the United States is once again underway. A first consignment of French apples has already arrived in the U.S., and many more are expected to follow. The embargo was initially placed on French apples and pears by the American authorities […]

The wish to eat fresh food with more flavors, to know where the food comes from and the way it has been produced, to eat seasonal products or even to help farmers getting better price for their products. Many factors are spurring consumers to find new ways of purchasing food. Likewise, many producers want to […]

Culinary fads come and go throughout the years, but few have gained clout as steadily as Organic foods have. Almost everyone can agree that producing and treating our food as naturally as possible is a desirable goal that will lead to healthier consumers, but surprisingly little has been done to scientifically evaluate this albeit intuitive […]

Last November several French ministers, including Mr. Le Foll, French Ministry of Agriculture, presented a range of initiatives to better connect farmers to consumers, and particularly to collective catering. These initiatives were developed in order to achieve the goal of 40% of local products in the food served in collective catering facilities (schools, companies’ restaurants…) […]

Have you ever wondered about the history and effort behind your favorite bottle of wine? Has the complicated bustle of city life ever born in you the desire to your natural roots? These are just some of the now common European and American trends that have led to an increase in rural tourism. Defined quite […]

What are your thoughts about doggy bagging leftovers at restaurants? The French Ministry of Agriculture set out to find the answer to this question among its citizens as part of its National Pact against Food Waste that was launched in June 2013. The results of a recent poll suggest that there is a real demand […]

With gross sales reaching €10.8 billion, 2014 was the third best year in the history French wine and spirit exportations despite a 2.8% reduction in both volume exported and overall revenue, according to the French Federation of Wine and Spirits Exporters. The trade balance came in at €9.5 billion, solidifying wine and spirits as the […]

The French agriculture is marked by its history. The history of French agriculture could start with the Gaulois in 2000 B.C. They were the first farmers working on French land. The Roman invasion around 50 A.C. brought organization and technical progress like everywhere else in Europe. The Middle Age was marked by the feudal system. […]