INRA was created in 1946 as a response to a key societal challenge. INRA’s initial goal: to feed France. In the present day, the institute focuses on three highly interconnected topics: nutrition, agriculture, and the environment. The objective is to develop agricultural approaches that are competitive yet respectful of the environment, natural resources, and regional diversity. They must also produce food that is better suited to people’s nutritional needs and that can be used in novel ways.