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In 2014, the French government recruited cross-party support to pass a new law for agriculture, food and forestry, called la loi d’avenir pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et la forêt (Law for the Future of Agriculture, Food and the Forest). During its year-long passage through the French parliamentary system, the law, passed this past autumn, was driven by a new-found commitment to agroecology. However, for some, the law’s aim of applying the principles of agroecology to 200,000 holdings by 2025 must mean breaking with France’s ‘productiviste’ past and its investment in increasingly intensive farming techniques.