French Agrifood Industry

Since the 50’s, French agriculture has had to face new challenges. Before World War II, farms were small and agriculture represented 35% of the French active population and the priority was self-sufficiency. Today, thanks to the common agricultural policy and the creation of a new economic market, agriculture has undergone major changes. I. Structure of […]

The “Ambition Bio 2017” program is one of the most agro-ecological measures taken by the French Government to make producers, distributors, and citizens work together. Six main goals have been defined: To develop organic production. An incentive system will encourage farmers to keep their fields under organic management. This goal will be mainly financed by […]

Average farmer income was $39,700 in 2013 in France, a decrease from 16.4% compared to that in 2012. Farm income is estimated using the Earning before Interests and Tax per worker. The main cause is the continuous increase of farm inputs costs (animal feed, fertilizers, pesticides), whereas the value of agricultural production is stagnating (only […]

The French seed sector can attribute much of its excellent international reputation to good climate conditions, crop diversity and bountiful output. During the 2012-2013 campaign, the sector exported 1.9 billion dollars’ worth of seeds, a whopping 15% increase from the previous year. These figures make France the world’s number one seed exporter, placing it ahead […]

Civil society has new expectations on agricultural practices. Consumers have grown increasingly conscious of agricultural practices, and want to know if changes are underway.  The Environmental Certification process is an efficient way in which France can communicate its sustainable agriculture policies and practices to the public and allow consumers to easily identify farms engaged in […]

For the past thirty years, the company Savéol Nature – based in Guivapas, Brittany – has been growing select species of insects alongside their crops. The types and number of insects to be bred depend on reproduction cycles as well as on the plant varieties grown in the greenhouses. Such farming has equipped Savéol Nature […]

On June 25, 2008 a French law was passed which allows the production of food with or without the use of GMOs. It provides regulatory provisions that must be followed by farmers wishing to cultivate GMOs, in order that their neighbors remain free to make their own choices. This French law also requires the compulsory […]

Fish farming has a long history in France. In the Middle Ages, French monks were breeding fishes in lakes and ponds. When artificial reproduction for salmon trout was established at the end of the 19th century, French salmon aquaculture soared. Around the world, fishing captures are capped to 90 million metric tons (mt) since the […]