French agriculture is a perfect example of a rapid and profound adaptation to accelerated socio-economic changes after World War.II.
In 1950, 30% of the population was still working in farms; animal-powered farming was still predominant and France was importing agro-food products. A great change occured with the active management and support of both the French government and farmers' organization, within the framework of European reconstruction. In the beginning of the eighties, motorized agriculture became widespread, and agricultural yields increased substantially: France became the second largest agro-food exporting country.
But at the same time, many problems arose: over-production, strong competition in international markets, the PAC reform , the GATT negociations, and the ermergence of new needs more or less related to food…
French agriculture again has to face a new turning point, requiring
new adaptations and the creation of a widespread dynamism within the