Food and agriculture
Sustainable food systems for resilient agriculture and healthy food
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.
A society that prioritizes healthy food and resilient agriculture, benefiting the environment, biodiversity and the local economy
Promoting healthy local food in Quebec institutions
For over 20 years, we've been encouraging and supporting Quebec institutions in their transition to sustainable food procurement practices.
Promoting sustainable and resilient agriculture
We're working to encourage farmers to transition to regenerative practices and to preserve healthy agricultural land.
- Campaign Let’s reinforce Canada’s food supply Completed
- Campaign Soil health and soil conservation showcases Ongoing
- Project Soil health - Climate agriculture Ongoing
- Campaign We must protect our farmland and our ability to feed ourselves Completed
- Project Family Farmers Network Completed
- Project Pesticides Completed
- Project Land use planning Ongoing
Our political advocacy work
We're working to create awareness, provoke reflection and debate, and develop recommendations to guide our governments towards sustainable solutions for our agricultural and food systems.
- Project Land use planning Ongoing
Issuance of the report entitled The Power of Soils
Our farmers and their healthy soils are part of Canada's solution to climate change.
Équiterre launches Quebec's first food education platform, aggregating tools from many sources, including an updated version of our À la soupe! educational kit.
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.
Équiterre launches a new project to mobilize a community of practice on sustainable institutional food in Quebec, along with a web portal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.