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World News: France
France | 25 May 2015
Protests against GMO crops and pesticides target Monsanto

From Paris to Ouagadougou, thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest against the American biotechnology giant Monsanto and its genetically modified crops and pesticides. The third an...


France | 22 May 2015
German, French experts help Iran agriculture

Representatives of German and French agricultural industries are in northeastern Iran to discuss transfer of technology and equipment, provincial officials say. They have met agriculture ministry ...


France | 6 May 2015
Leading Turkish dairy firm sold to French buyer

Turkey's largest food group, Yıldız Holding, has sold its dairy business Ak Gıda to French food giant Groupe Lactalis after an attempted initial public offering (IPO) failed, the company announced on ...


France | 29 April 2015
French seed firm Vilmorin cuts sales on Russia crisis

French seed group Vilmorin cut its full-year sales and margin targets on Monday, blaming a financial crisis in Russia and Ukraine that has dented spending by farmers. Stalled activity in the two co...


France | 22 April 2015
Potential for increased EU dairy exports to China

The removal of milk quotas in the EU will have a slight impact on China’s dairy market in the short term, according to industry experts. China is a major market for global dairy products. New Zeala...


France | 22 April 2015
EU to progress new rules to let member states ban biotech crops

The European Union is set to propose new rules that would allow individual member states to ban the sale of genetically modified crops for nonscientific reasons, drawing waves of criticism from the bl...


France | 17 April 2015
Danone offers hope for depressed dairy prices

Danone, foreseeing a recovery in Chinese dairy imports, stood by expectations of a recovery in milk prices – eventually – even as skim milk powder prices hit their lowest since 2009. The French-bas...


France | 14 April 2015
EU dairy exports to China set to rise after quota lift

A recent policy shift for the dairy sector in the European Union (EU) has caused a stir in European markets, and is also set to have a strong ripple effect in China. On April 1, the three-decade-lo...


France | 9 April 2015
Pesticides could lead to shortage of crop pollinators

Evidence is mounting that widely-used pesticides harm moths, butterflies and birds as well as bees, adding to concerns crop production could be hit by a shortage of pollinators, according to a report ...


France | 9 April 2015
French farmers plant most wheat on record

France’s farmers have seeded more land with wheat this year than at any time since 1955. French growers increased their planting of soft wheat, used to make bread flour, by 3.4 per cent, to 5.18 mi...


France | 17 March 2015
What the French know about drones that Americans don't

Corentin Roland watches a winged drone land in his field of rapeseed, his hands dug into trouser pockets in the damp winter chill outside the village of Montepilloy on the plains of northern France. ...


France | 13 March 2015
EU signs off on new GM crop law

The European Parliament on Wednesday (11 March) signed a new law on growing genetically modified (GM) crops in the European Union, clearing the way for new strains to be approved after years of deadlo...


France | 13 March 2015
French dairy cartel busted

When you think of cartels and price fixing, what’s the first thing to come to mind? Probably drugs, oil, or electronics that fall off the back of a truck, but definitely not yogurt. Still, it was that...


France | 12 March 2015
EU law breaks deadlock on GM crops

EU politicians on Wednesday signed a new law on growing genetically modified (GM) crops in the European Union, clearing the way for new strains to be approved after years of deadlock. One of the fi...


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...


France | 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...


France | 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...


France | 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...


France | 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...


France | 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...


France | 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...


France | 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...


France | 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...


France | 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...


France | 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...


France | 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,...


France | 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...


France | 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...


France | 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...


France | 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...