Policies & Programs

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 […]

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 […]