Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry

A new Director General for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will be elected in June by the nearly 200 countries, including the United States, which are members of this organization. While the UN’s World Food Programme is concentrated on the logistics of providing food urgently to those in need, the […]

Didier Guillaume, French Minister for Agriculture and Food, and François de Rugy, French Minister for Environment, recently announced that they were putting in place a working group to strengthen the measures taken to protect bees and other pollinating insects from the negative impacts of Varroa mites and phytopharmaceutical products. In June of last year, the […]

In February 2016, France become the first country in the world to establish a strong law against food waste. Adopted unanimously by both chambers of French Congress, the law strengthens the commitment of public policy makers to reduce by half loss and waste of food by 2025. Its principle measure consists of requiring each supermarket […]

On Dec. 13, 2018, the 4 per 1000 Initiative held its annual meeting in Katowice, on the sidelines of the COP24 (24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).The discussions among participants were fruitful and marked the entry of a dynamic phase and the need to start demonstrating the […]

How can we reduce our dependence on plastic? In Brittany, in the town of Saint Malo, two entrepreneurs had the idea of tapping into an abundant natural resource: algae. In 2010, they created the company Algopack that today has several employees working on the project. Each second, 500 kilograms of plastics are dumped into the […]

According to the Food Sustainability Index, France has maintained its position in first place for food sustainability for the third consecutive year. The Food Sustainability Index, created and ran by The Economist Intelligence Unit and the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition, is a useful tool used to compare policies internationally. This global chart of […]

The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has taken place in Katowice, Poland this month. Besides its participation as part of the French Delegation in the negotiations themselves (on the themes of agriculture and soils sector) France has taken the opportunity to host several side events […]

According to France’s national inventory of natural heritage, there are 35 times more endemic plants in France’s overseas territories than in mainland France, without even counting marine species. Such richness is increasingly the subject of attention of French public authorities. Apart from traditional valuations, new perspectives are taking shape with bioeconomy: energy, biofertilizers, biofuels, and […]

Facing the necessary need to increase the sustainability of agriculture, several programs were implemented to encourage an environmental transition while taking into account the needs and constraints of farmers and the different agricultural industries. As part of this, the ROSE Challenge, a large call for projects, was launched in 2017. The goal: Mobilize researchers and […]

The French Ministry of Agriculture recently hosted a symposium on conservation farming in order to better understand this method of production. Soil conservation agriculture is based on the simultaneous implementation of three agricultural practices in synergy: permanent soil cover, longer crop rotations, and increased crop diversity, in addition to untilled soil practices. This symposium dealt […]