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Food
and agriculture

Sustainable food systems for resilient agriculture and healthy food

The Challenges

Our ability to feed ourselves is under threat. Only half of what Quebecers eat is produced in Quebec. Agricultural lands are increasingly affected by climate change and soil depletion, and are being eaten up by urban sprawl and industrial projects.

The impacts on food production capabilities and on the livelihoods of farm workers are significant, especially with the growing pressure to reduce the use of pesticides that put our health and the health of farm workers at risk.

Our governments are not acting aggressively enough on these issues.

It’s high time to transform our food systems.

Our food travels on average more than 2,500 km from field to the plate.

Our vision

A society that prioritizes healthy food and resilient agriculture, benefiting the environment, biodiversity and the local economy

Our initiatives

Our impact

2021

Issuance of the report entitled The Power of Soils

Our farmers and their healthy soils are part of Canada's solution to climate change.


La marmite éducative

Équiterre launches Quebec's first food education platform, aggregating tools from many sources, including an updated version of our À la soupe! educational kit.

2020

A sustainable agriculture plan for Quebec

Équiterre welcomes Quebec’s Plan d'agriculture durable.


A local food procurement strategy for Quebec

Quebec unveils the Stratégie nationale d’achat d’aliments québécois : pour une alimentation locale dans les institutions publiques – an important step forward towards increasing local food procurement in Quebec’s public institutions.


Commun'Assiette

Équiterre launches a new project to mobilize a community of practice on sustainable institutional food in Quebec, along with a web portal.

2018

Quebec's new policy on biofood!

Équiterre collaborates on the Politique bioalimentaire Alimenter notre monde, which aims to develop a prosperous, sustainable biofood sector in Quebec.

2017

Partnership with Aliments du Québec

Équiterre and Aliments du Québec join forces and launch the Aliments du Québec au menu - Institution recognition program. The program encourages Quebec institutions to increase their procurement of local products for their food services. As part of this partnership, Équiterre has published a concrete tool entitled Recettes clés pour un approvisionnement alimentaire local et écoresponsable dans les institutions du Québec, which includes 8 practical information sheets to inspire and equip institutional and food service administrators and managers, chefs, teachers, educators, stakeholders, partners and any other stakeholders in the field of institutional food supply to adopt exemplary and sustainable food supply practices that will be a model for their environment and society.

2011

A pan-Canadian Alliance

Équiterre helps to create Farm to Cafeteria Canada, a pan-Canadian organization which seeks to encourage healthy, local and sustainable food in public institutions. Équiterre becomes the provincial coordinator of the Farm to School project for Quebec.

2002 - 2022

20 years of support!

Through various research and support projects, Équiterre is helping to supply healthy, local and eco-responsible food to numerous institutions in Quebec.

2002

Garderie bio is launched

Launch the first project in sustainable institutional food, to encourage Quebec daycare services to serve local and organic fruits and vegetables to our youth. Équiterre then extended its sustainable institutional food project to all types of institutions throughout the province: À la soupe increases the presence of healthy, local and eco-responsible foods in their food services, and raises awareness among children in daycare centres and schools through various activities and workshops.

1996

The Family Farmers Network is established

The Family Farmers Network now includes 132 organic farms and distributes organic baskets to nearly 20,000 families. In 2020, Équiterre handed over the reins of the network to local producers.

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