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World News: France
27 February 2015
MPs call for reform of EU's 'flawed' rules on GM crops

Europe's approval system for genetically modified (GM) crops is "fundamentally flawed", say MPs. The process assumes GM plants pose greater risks than conventional plants, which is not backed by sc...


23 February 2015
France’s agricultural fair opens amid uptick in industrial farming

French President François Hollande opened the 52nd Agricultural Fair – or Salon de l’Agriculture –on Saturday morning in Paris amid top security. At the crack of dawn, Hollande opened the week-long...


23 February 2015
Paris International Agricultural Fair: Agriculture must be central to climate deal

Bigger droughts, more frequent flooding, more devastating storms — these are some of the effects that climate change is already having on our planet. And farmers, many of them small, family growers in...


30 January 2015
France faces billion euro bill for excessive farm subsidies

France has been landed with a bill for 1.1 billion euro after the European Commission demanded a refund for agricultural subsidies it should not have claimed. The country is by far the largest reci...


6 January 2015
EU referendum and labour rules making farming nervous

Graeme Demianyk speaks to National Farmers' Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond about how the changing political landscape could affect the region's cornerstone industry. When Meurig Raymond speak...


15 December 2014
The end of quotas: a butter future for EU dairy farmers?

Thirty years after introducing quotas to combat the butter mountain caused by overproduction, the EU is on the cusp of freeing up the dairy sector amid growing global demand for milk products. To s...


11 December 2014
Dairy gross margins starting to fall across the EU

The average gross margin for EU dairy farmers has made its first significant decline in more than two years, as falling milk prices start to take effect, according to DaiyCo. This assertion is base...


4 December 2014
Gene research can improve crops by traditional methods

Advances in understanding the genetic makeup of plants could ultimately help to produce more resilient, higher-yielding crops, the head of French seed company Limagrain said, with the potential to end...


3 December 2014
Genetic research may offer alternatives to GM crops

Advances in understanding the genetic make-up of plants could ultimately help to produce more resilient, higher-yielding crops, the head of French seed company Limagrain said, with the potential to en...


28 November 2014
Farmers end subsidy protest at Marseille port

French farmers from the region around Marseille agreed to lift their barriers blocking access to part of the port in Marseille after obtaining a meeting with a Prime Ministerial advisor to discuss the...


28 November 2014
Sheep flock to Eiffel Tower as French farmers cry wolf

French farmers flocked to the Eiffel Tower on Thursday, sheep in tow, to express their frustration over increasing attacks by wolves which some say have been "overprotected" by the government. Shee...


14 November 2014
Researchers 'appalled' as EU chief scientist role is axed

Researchers across Europe have expressed dismay at the scrapping of the role of EU Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA). The EU Commission confirmed that the position held by Prof Anne Glover since 2012,...


7 November 2014
Danone loses bid to speed up Fonterra suit

French dairy giant Danone may have to wait until 2018 to take its $545 million claim against the Fonterra Group to trial after its application to lift a "positively unfair" stay on proceedings was dis...


6 November 2014
Irate French farmers hand out fruit and veg

Angry French farmers handed out free fruit and vegetables to all comers in Paris on Wednesday as they called for "food patriotism" to save their livelihoods. The Local went to Place de la République t...


25 September 2014
Agriculture alliance calls on the EU to boost innovation and jobs

A coalition representing Europe’s agriculture and food industries has called on the EU to boost innovation and jobs within the sector, which has come under pressure following Russia's ban on EU food i...


25 September 2014
France to provide aid for farmers hit by falling revenues

The French government said Wednesday that it would provide aid for the country's farmers, in a bid to appease fruit and vegetable producers whose frustration with falling revenues has culminated in vi...


22 September 2014
French farmers torch tax office in Brittany protest

French vegetable farmers protesting against falling living standards have set fire to tax and insurance offices in town of Morlaix, in Brittany. The farmers used tractors and trailers to dump artic...


4 September 2014
BRF said near agreement with Lactalis to sell dairy unit

BRF SA, Brazil’s biggest food company by market value, is said to be in advanced talks with France’s Groupe Lactalis to sell its dairy business, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Lactalis...


29 August 2014
EU widens aid to dairy exporters hit by Russia food ban

The EU has announced emergency help for dairy producers hit by the Russian ban on food imports from the EU. The move follows EU aid worth 125m euros (£100m; $170m) announced earlier for fruit and v...


26 August 2014
Europe's farmers feel the weight of Russian ban

On Aug. 7, trucks carrying French cheese were turned away at the Russian border and forced to make a 1,240-mile return trip with fast-ripening cargoes of Brie, Camembert, Roquefort and other delicacie...


21 August 2014
How to milk gains out of the dairy industry

The dairy industry in the European Union is on the cusp of a massive shake-up. Come April 2015, a quota system that has limited milk production in member states for nearly 30 years is to be scrapped. ...


19 August 2014
French beetles flown in to clean up Australia’s cattle dung

The average cow drops between 10 and 12 dung pads (also known as “pats”) every day and just one of those cow pads can produce up to 3,000 flies in a fortnight. With more than 28 million cattle in Aust...


15 August 2014
EU to compensate farmers hit by Russian import ban

The European Union next week will start a program to compensate farmers particularly hard hit by Russia's ban on imports of European fruit and vegetables, the first step in what will likely be a broad...


6 August 2014
“Exceptional Year” for Agriculture in French Region Île de France

This year seems to be atypical for agriculture in the French region Île-de-France. With no less than 11.9 million inhabitants, or 19% of the national population, one could easily think that agricultur...


28 July 2014
Decline in EU wholesale dairy prices slows down

European dairy commodity markets have shown some signs of moderation in June and July according to DairyCo. It says with the exception of cheese, the decline in prices has been considerably less th...


21 July 2014
Danone buys stake in Kenyan dairy firm

Danone was buying a 40 percent stake in Brookside, east Africa’s top dairy producer, as part of plans to expand in new markets, the French food group said on Friday, at a time when growth is weak in E...


4 July 2014
Seed makers gearing up for French wheat protein challenge

France's seed industry is under pressure to help boost the protein content of wheat as the European Union's largest exporter of the grain looks to safeguard sales overseas and to its own bakers and an...


11 June 2014
EU wildlife grants will be used to grow crops

Grants designed to protect the countryside have been controversially switched to pay England's farmers to grow beans and peas. The EU's new rules on subsidies oblige farmers to ensure that some of ...


28 May 2014
French farms suffer as thieves pilfer stock

French farmers are having to lock up everything from their sheep and produce to fuel and tractors as thieves are increasingly targeting the places that produce the ingredients for France’s famous culi...


7 May 2014
Alsace farmers launch €3m scheme to save endangered hamster

French authorities have launched a €3 million (£2.5 million) plan to save an endangered hamster from extinction. During the five-year project farmers in the eastern region of Alsace will implement ...