Policies & Programs

The first French fishery has received the new sustainable fishing “ecolabel”, a public certification implemented by the French administration to recognize sustainable fisheries: Sathoan, the cooperative of fishers of Sète, a fishing town located near Montpellier in southern France, which specializes in red tuna. Sébastien Fortassier, a fisher of the label, explained, “This profession doesn’t […]

Facing more and more frequent episodes of drought, forest must adapt. The French National Forestry Office (ONF) is working closely with research, particularly on questions related to the density and composition of tree planting. Climate change upsets the living conditions of trees: Vegetative periods prolong, the trees are confronted with parasitic attacks, an increased risk […]

During the 47th annual Congress of Winemakers of France that took place in June, two large groups of winemakers wished to formalize with the Ministry for Agriculture and Food, in presence of the Minister Didier Guillaume, their commitment to encourage all winemakers to be more respectful of the environment. This is the mark of a […]

More than just a multi-week sporting event, the French Open is also an opportunity for the organization “Le Chaînon Manquant” (“The Missing Ingredient” or “The Missing Link” in English) to take action with caterers and restaurant workers at the event to redistribute their surplus food products to the most needy in the greater Paris region. […]

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 […]

Since 2015, the organization Solidarity of Agricultural Producers and the Food Businesses (SOLAAL) has encouraged the link between donors and food aid charities. During the Paris International Agricultural Show in February 2019, SOLAAL unveiled its new platform for making food donations easier. Donors may now send a donation at any time or place. A recognized […]

France has launched a Low Carbon Label for agriculture and forestry, an innovative tool to encourage local actions to fight against the greenhouse gas effect and to encourage carbon sequestration. It guarantees the environmental quality of practices implemented in the field and provides opportunities to financially support these projects to private and public actors. “This […]

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 […]

Since 2016, the city of Paris launches an annual call for project called “Parisculteurs” (a portmanteau combining the name of the city with a French word for farmer, which can be translated, roughly, as “Paris Farmers”). It identifies all spaces that could be planted in the city and proposes to install urban farms and gardening […]