Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry

For 2014/2024, the CAP budget in France will reach $10 billion annually for direct payments from the first pillar and $1.8 billion for the second pillar. The French Ministry for Agriculture, Food Industry and Forestry, Stéphane Le Foll, immediately welcomed this agreement, leading to a “greener and fairer CAP” that promotes diversity in the agricultural […]

The “Ambition Bio 2017” program is one of the most agro-ecological measures taken by the French Government to make producers, distributors, and citizens work together. Six main goals have been defined: To develop organic production. An incentive system will encourage farmers to keep their fields under organic management. This goal will be mainly financed by […]

An initiative from the French Ministry of Agriculture to create a link between professionals from the agrifood sector and public charities in order to reduce food waste and fight hunger. A practical example: the “donation market” The “donation market” is an initiative from the French Ministry of Agriculture to create a link between professionals from […]

On March 29, 2013, the “Energy Methanization Autonomy Nitrogen” plan was launched with two main objectives. The first objective is to balance fertilization in France, including a general reduction and the substitution of mineral nitrogen with livestock manure. The second one is the development of renewable energies, which is part of France’s “energy transition.” How […]

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 […]