Session : Sustainable Food Consumption: Challenges and Solutions

Session Overview

With the increasing concern of food insecurity in Quebec and the growing impact of climate change, the need for establishing food systems that promote sustainable and environmentally respectful nutrition while supporting the well-being of all has become urgent. However, achieving this objective is not without its challenges. Enhancing sustainable nutrition on a population scale involves improving the availability and accessibility of sustainable foods, implementing policies and governance structures that encourage the production and consumption of such foods, and addressing the issue of food waste more effectively. This requires seamless collaboration and coordination among governmental bodies, food producers, retailers, consumers, and civil society organizations.

Additionally, it’s crucial to avoid widening the gap of social inequalities in health linked to nutrition. The session aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the interconnected concerns related to sustainable nutrition, food security, and health. Furthermore, it seeks to identify potential strategies to address some of these complex challenges.

Room 206

Chair : Benoît Lamarche – Université Laval
Co-Chair : Véronique Provencher – Université Laval
Sponsor : NUTRISS

1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

Keynote - in French

How to Guide Consumers Toward a More Sustainable Diet: Navigating Between Public Policies and Local Initiatives

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Environmental issues, particularly those related to climate change, are a daily concern for consumers. Consequently, environmental concerns are becoming increasingly important to them; however, their diets are still far from meeting recommended nutritional or environmental footprint standards. We will discuss the array of public policies, both at the European and French levels, that are being implemented to encourage consumers to make more sustainable choices (healthier and less environmentally impactful), as well as the growing number of local initiatives in France that also seek to influence dietary habits. These initiatives are based on a decentralized and participatory vision rooted in local realities.

2:10 PM - 2:35 PM

Lecture - in French

Promoting More Sustainable Territorial Food Systems in Quebec: Trends and Challenges

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A territorial food system (TFS) refers to an area (typically a neighborhood, municipality, or region) where all stakeholders involved in the food and agricultural sectors come together to collaborate in a coordinated manner on the issues within their food system. A TFS aims to enhance the well-being of populations, the economic vitality of an area, and contribute to the preservation of ecosystems. In the Mauricie region, our research team is partnering with local stakeholders to achieve this goal. This presentation will provide an overview of the trends and challenges observed in our work.

2:35 PM - 3:00 PM

Lecture - in French

Sustainable Food Systems: Achieving Coherence Among Social, Public Health, and Bio-Food Development Policies to Address Food Insecurity

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According to the FAO, sustainable food is that of a world in which nutritious food is available and accessible to all populations. Even though Quebec is considered wealthy, food insecurity affects more than one in five people at various levels, including children and vulnerable individuals. To address this public issue, several ministries support community and private organizations working to reduce food insecurity. This presentation will discuss the coherence between these government interventions, the need to coordinate social, public health, and bio-food development policies to ensure that food is available and accessible to all Quebecers. The content of the conference will draw from the recent work of a team of researchers from Université Laval.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

30-Minute Break

3:30 PM - 3:42 PM

Lecture - in French

Governmental and Civil Initiatives Promoting Access and Availability of Fruits and Vegetables in Montreal

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Promoting healthy eating is a collective concern embraced by diverse governmental and civil stakeholders across various tiers of governance. The consensus among most parties is that Quebec residents should increase their intake of fruits and vegetables. For this to happen effectively, these essential foods need to be readily available within the region, accessible, and affordable for the entire population. How do different entities work to enhance the access and availability of such products in Montreal? This question will be explored through the lenses of coherence and food security.

3:42 PM - 3:55 PM

Lecture - in French

Enhancing Food Security within a University Community

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What role do universities play in enhancing food security within their communities? This presentation will offer a concise overview of the issue, including its historical context and the diverse stakeholders involved on select Canadian campuses. It will showcase various intervention examples and analyze inspiring initiatives from recent years.


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