Policies & Programs

During Christmas time and New Year celebrations, the demand for some specific food products such as shellfish, foie gras, game or poultry increases hugely. The intense trade activity at Christmas time in agro-food industries could make food safety difficult to monitor and this could be a risk factor for food-borne illnesses for consumers. That’s why […]

An initiative from the French Ministry of Agriculture to create a link between professionals from the agrifood sector and public charities in order to reduce food waste and fight hunger. A practical example: the “donation market” The “donation market” is an initiative from the French Ministry of Agriculture to create a link between professionals from […]

On March 29, 2013, the “Energy Methanization Autonomy Nitrogen” plan was launched with two main objectives. The first objective is to balance fertilization in France, including a general reduction and the substitution of mineral nitrogen with livestock manure. The second one is the development of renewable energies, which is part of France’s “energy transition.” How […]

The “Food and Insertion Program” is an uncommon approach to helping people who benefit from food aid. It helps them to manage a balance diet while creating social links. What is the Food and Insertion Program? Launched in 2003, the program is managed by the French government, food aid associations, and food industries, and is […]

On February 8, Stéphane Le Foll, French Minister for Agriculture, Food Industry, and Forestry, announced the launch of the sustainable development plan for the beekeeping sector.  The three-year comprehensive program, which has a budget of 40 million euros, aims to expand the French beekeeping sector and address bees’ health issues.  Bees are essential for pollination […]

On January 16, the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority – the European Union agency that provides independent risk assessment and communication on existing and emerging risks associated with the food chain) published a scientific opinion on three pesticides used in agriculture worldwide (clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam). The EFSA concluded that they are at high risk […]

The identification of food and ingredient sources is of prime importance to the protection of consumers. Traceability provides customers with accurate information concerning products they purchase. It also ensures a quick, targeted government intervention in case of any sanitary outbreak. French food safety principles follow rules set up by the European Commission, but how are […]

Stéphane Le Foll, French Minister for Agriculture, Food Industry and Forestry, launched a cooperative web platform called “Agriculture: Producing in a Different Way” on September 21, 2012. This approach aims to highlight the new and innovative agricultural models in France, which you will find described in this article. In order to bypass the limits of […]

The Ecoantibio 2017 plan aims to achieve a 25% reduction in antibiotic use in veterinary medicine over five years by developing alternatives that are capable of protecting animal health and that avoid recourse to antibiotics. First of all, this article deals with the five priorities, within the Ecoantibio 2017 plan, outlined by Stéphane Le Foll, […]

In a Common Agricultural Policy’s negotiation context, a new agreement on budget has been made to prepare the new reform for 2014-2020, creating a 13.7% decrease in comparison to 2007-2013’s timeframe. The State and Government Chiefs  of the 27 Member States of the European Union agreed on February 8 to a budget of 362.8 billion […]