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Today, it employs 3.5% of the French active population. Land consolidation and reorganization of agriculture led to a fall in the number of farms. Today, the average size of farms is much larger than 60 years ago (around 55 hectares). Today, there are 490,000 farms in metropolitan France and 24,800 in the overseas regions. This […]

Overall, 150 perfume, aromatic and medicinal plants are cultivated in France. A great number of these plants are inherited from the Charlemagne period in the eighth century (768-814) when he ordered that a selection of aromatic and medicinal plants be cultivated in the King’s gardens. The tradition has remained, especially in some regions of France. […]

Geographic Indications FAQ Q. What are Geographic Indications? A. A geographical indication is a distinctive sign used to identify a product as originating in the territory of a particular country, region or locality where its quality, reputation or other characteristic is linked to its geographical origin. Q. How many types of GIs are there? A. […]

Normandy is located in the Northwest of France, a quick two to three-hours drive from Paris. Agriculture and the food industry are of the utmost importance to the region: almost 10% of the population works in these sectors and three quarters of the Normandy territory is dedicated to agriculture. Normandy boasts approximately 370 miles of […]

France is the cradle of great bovine genetic diversity. 34 cow breeds are currently used in France among which 13 are part of a genetic conservation program. 9 breeds are specifically selected for their meat. Most of those beef breeds derive from draught animals, which began to be selected for their muscular properties, maternal qualities […]

The Montbeliarde and the Normande: two local hardy breeds with a high level of protein in their milk and attractive meat properties In comparison with the Prim’holstein, the Montbeliarde and the Normande (as well as other local hardy breeds) produce less milk, but with a higher protein and/or fat content that makes it a better […]

The “DOM” is composed of ‘Departments Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyane and Réunion. As the Departments are islands, in order to approach food autonomy they need to develop their agriculture and fishing, implement structured fields, and encourage the consumption of local products. All of these enable the territories to create economic activity and jobs. Furthermore, it allows […]