For the third year in a row, the sustainability index for the French food and agriculture model is at the top of the world ranking according to the British magazine “The Economist”. This FSI index (Food Sustainability Index) was developed by researchers, economists and journalists under the “Economist Intelligence Unit”. It is the result of a comparative study of the different ways of consuming and producing in 67 countries (which represent alone 90% of the world’s GDP and 80% of the population).
In order to set up this index, some forty criteria were taken into account and divided into three categories: 1- the waste of water and food, 2- the sustainability of the agricultural methods, 3- the management of nutritional problems. And in view of all these criteria, the French agricultural system has been judged this year to be the most virtuous.
France: a leader in the fight against food waste
The author of the study, Martin Koehring, also highlights the effectiveness of the fight against food waste in France: “in a world where one third of all food produced is wasted, France is at the forefront in its policies against food waste.” This year, France made significant progress in terms of the sustainability of its agricultural practices. “The Economist” applauds the actions taken by France among others, in terms of preserving biodiversity, fighting against the artificialization of soils and diversifying the crops.
An encouraging index which acknowledges the efforts made by France and its farmers in the agro-ecological transition.
For more information, the complete study is available here: Food Sustainability Index
Source : http://agriculture.gouv.fr