Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry

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 […]

A NEED FOR CHANGE In just a few decades our horizon has changed. Global warming, exhaustion of our most vital resources and damage to biodiversity have erupted from the domain of purely scientific observation into the social and economic realms. These new global realities can no longer be ignored by public action. Agriculture and forestry […]

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), created in the 1950s, is the most important European policy. It has evolved with society, from helping to achieve food security after World War II, to promoting more respect for the environment, better food safety, phytosanitary and animal welfare standards today. It is more than an agricultural policy – it […]

All professionals in France whose jobs involve phytopharmaceuticals, more commonly referred to as pesticides, must obtain an official license beforehand called “Certiphyto.” This ambitious global certification program is estimated to affect more than 800,000 workers in France, according to the French Ministry of Agriculture. Pesticides, such as Insecticides, herbicides and fungicides, are used to protect […]

I. Agriculture is a strategic sector for the European Union (EU) European agriculture ensures food security Food security was one of the priorities set for the common agricultural policy (CAP) after the Second World War. This objective is still a priority today: agricultural production will need to increase in the coming years to meet the […]