Policies & Programs

On June 11, Marion Guillou presented a report about agroecology to the French Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. Guillou is the current Chair of Agreenium, a French consortium of research and higher education organizations on agronomic and veterinary research. Her presentation identified the means necessary to design production systems for French agriculture that are […]

The French Ministry for Agriculture, Food Industry and Forestry recently launched the National Pact against Food Waste, which presents new measures to fight food waste in daily life. The Pact also contributes to existing initiatives and advertising campaigns, such as the funny slogan series, “He who throws out an egg, throws out a cow.” National […]

For the last few decades, consumption of food supplements has steadily increased. More than 30,000 food supplements are available on the French market. Almost 16% of French adults and 6% of children consumed one of these products in 2012. But some products contain pharmacologically active ingredients which can cause adverse effects. An adverse effect is […]

Several droughts have been affecting the world these last years. There are multiple consequences on the crop farmers, on the livestock but also and more perilously on the global food security. All the nations are therefore affected and an increase of the cereal’s price is observed. The French government has released an action plan in […]

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 last few years, the establishment of a French nutritional policy has become a public health priority. Nutrition has been recognized as a key element for the prevention and the protection against non-communicable diseases, like cancer, obesity or heart diseases. Indeed, the inadequacy of nutritional intake, linked to the lack of physical activity, contributes […]

The “EcoPhyto Plan” was launched by French government, experts, civil society, industry professionals and official agencies in 2008 in order to reduce the use of pesticides while maintaining high yield as well as high quality in agricultural production What Are These Project Goals? The main goal is to reduce  the use of pesticides and plant […]

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 […]

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in France is on track to be reformed by 2013. After a wide-ranging public debate in November 2010, the European Commission presented a communiqué on “The CAP towards 2020,” which outlined options for the future CAP and launched the dialogue with other institutions and stakeholders. On 12 October 2011, the […]

The planet is quantitatively capable of feeding its 7 billion inhabitants, though one billion people suffer from hunger and another 1.4 billion are overweight. This imbalance could even be greater by 2050, when we are expected to reach 9 billion people. Will the earth be able to feed its inhabitants when resources become scarce and […]