Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A lot of consumers think that more respect to the environment makes better food. For example 24% of the French people think the government should promote products that protect the environment. Following this demand and the need to protect our natural resources, ambitious policies were drawn and the organic production sector has been growing really […]