Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry

French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll in April launched an ambitious and comprehensive strategy for improving animal welfare in France, from farms to pets. Among other things, the intensification of animal productions, territorial changes, and the evolution of scientific knowledge explain why citizens are increasingly concerned that animal welfare be better taken into account. […]

France’s innovative 4 per 1000 Initiative will once again be placed in the international spotlight after its official launch at the COP21 Paris climate talks last December. The Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture along with the French Ministry of Agriculture will host this April 28th a major meeting to help determine the future steps of the […]

Around the world, antibiotics are widely used to treat bacterial infections, both in human and in veterinary medicine. But they can also have negative effects on health if they’re used in an excessive fashion. In the European Union, the use in livestock farming of antibiotics to promote growth has already been banned since 2006. France […]

In an effort to protect critical pollinizing insects from population decline, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) has proposed increased restrictions for the limited use of certain insecticides. Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticidal substances that are accused of causing harm to important pollinizing insect species likes bees that are […]

As part of the 2nd National Day of Agroforestry, France unveiled new plans for developing ecologically sustainable forestry practices throughout the country. The plan aims to reduce the environmental impact of forestry and to integrate forest management practices into the transition to agroecology. Agroforestry consists primarily of mixing the planting of trees with crops and/or […]

Agriculture played a key role in this month’s historic COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, with multiple side events showcasing innovative solutions to climate change through the use of agriculture. On December 2nd, large themes surrounding agriculture and forests were presented at the climate talks. The themes featured several presentations from NGOs and government groups around […]

France’s innovative 4 per 1000 Initiative was officially launched Dec. 1 during the COP 21 climate talks in Paris, and more than 100 nations, non-profits and NGOs have signed on as giving their official support to the program, which promotes sequestering carbon in the soil. “4 per 1000 is essentially a global initiative. We must […]

France is taking the threat of global warming and the climate disruptions it will cause seriously, and is investing time and money into researching innovative ways to mitigate the effects of climate change to our planet – notably its effects on agriculture and forestry. The French Alliance for Environmental Research has released a report, titled […]

This December in Paris, France will play host to the COP21 international climate change conference, with a goal of limiting an increase in global average temperature to below 1.5° or 2°C. Agriculture will play a big role in this fight against global climate change, and France is leading the way with innovative proposals to use […]

A highly successful French campaign against food waste will soon be hitting markets in several other countries, including the United States. Les Gueules cassées (which translates as “broken faces.” For the English-language campaign, it will be called “Ugly Mugs”) promotes buying ugly – but perfectly edible and just as tasty – food products that probably […]