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A powerpoint presentation prepared for "Film & Feast", an event hosted by the McGill Food Systems Project and SSMU on September 8th, 2009.

A powerpoint presentation prepared for "Film & Feast", an event hosted by the McGill Food Systems Project and SSMU on September 8th, 2009.

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Unpacking McGill's Food Systems Presentation Transcript

  • 1.  
  • 2.
    • MFSP Background
    • Who we are
    • How we got here
  • 3.  
  • 4.
    • Why food?
    Why Local? Everybody eats. Trust, Externalities & True Cost of food. Fossil fuels. Demonstrates global impact of local choices. Reconnecting people with the food that they consume. Personal relationships. Political control and accountability.
  • 5.
    • Where does our food come from, and why?
    • Who is in charge of our food sourcing decisions ?
    • How can we - as a community - improve the sustainability of our food chain at McGill?
  • 6.  
  • 7. On average, how far does a Granny Smith apple travel to reach McGill Dining Hallss? A ) 700 km B ) 1700 km C ) 5700 km D ) 7700 km
  • 8.  
  • 9. 5700 km! WTF?!
  • 10.
    • Where does our food come from, and why ?
    • Who is in charge of our food sourcing decisions ?
    • How can we - as a community - improve the sustainability of our food chain at McGill?
  • 11. You Food Service Providers Suppliers & Distributors Commodity Brokers Farmers McGill’s Restaurants and Dining Halls Chartwells Sodexo Self-Operated Residence Québec Produce Hector Lariv é e Non- Québec Produce Produce Brokers Farm to Plate: Understanding the Institutional Supply Chain
  • 12. Farm to Plate: Tracing the food back to the farm
    • Given the complexity of the system, it possible to find out which farm our food is coming from?
    • Hard to say, because….
    • Frequency of change
    • Adaptability of industrial food web
    • Tracking only set up for situations of crisis, recall
  • 13.  
  • 14.  
  • 15.
    • Where does our food come from, and why?
    • Who is in charge of our food sourcing decisions ?
    • How can we - as a community - improve the sustainability of our food chain at McGill?
  • 16.
    • Bringing people together
    • Met with 60+ individuals, 150 meetings
    • Cooperation, Collaboration
    • Demonstrations & Engagement
    • Local food days
    • Farm tours: October 3 rd (Run by ERC)
    • Institutional Memory
    • Research: reports, database, org chart, website
    • Academic Partnerships: ENVR 401, NTRI 347, ANTH ???, AGRI 215
    • Applied Student Research:
      • Sustainable Purchasing Standards
    What we’ve accomplished: Overview
  • 17.
    • On Local Food Days , for breakfast, lunch and dinner, each residence will source all of their produce, meat, dairy, eggs , and grain products in season , from farms within Québec .
    • Reconnect students to the seasonal availability of regional food
      • Communicate the economic, social, and ecological benefits of eating locally
    • Strengthen our residence’s support of regional food production
      • Test the capacity and quality of regional suppliers
      • Track the origins of the locally sourced menu against conventional ordering
    Local Food Days: Goals
  • 18.
    • September
    • Wednesday, Sept. 30th – All residence dining halls
    • October
    • Tuesday, Oct. 27th – New Residence Hall
    • Wednesday, Oct. 28th – Bishop Mountain Hall
    • Thursday, Oct. 29th – Carrefour Sherbrooke
    • Friday, Oct. 30th – Douglas
    • November
    • Tuesday, Nov. 17th – New Residence Hall
    • Wednesday, Nov. 18th – BMH
    • Thursday, Nov. 19th – Carrefour Sherbrooke
    • Friday, Nov. 20th – Douglas
    • December
    • Tuesday, Dec. 8th – New Residence Hall
    • Wednesday, Dec. 9th – BMH
    • Thursday, Dec. 10th – Carrefour Sherbrooke
    • Friday, Dec. 11th – Douglas
    January Tuesday, Jan. 26th – New Residence Hall Wednesday, Jan 27th – BMH, Douglas Thursday, Jan 28th – Carrefour Sherbrooke Friday, Jan 29th – Royal Victoria February Tuesday, Feb. 17th – New Residence Hall Wednesday, Feb. 18th – BMH, Douglas Thursday, Feb. 19th – Carrefour Sherbrooke Friday, Feb. 20th – Royal Victoria March Tuesday, Mar. 24th – New Residence Hall Wednesday, Mar. 25th – BMH, Douglas Thursday, Mar. 26th – Carrefour Sherbrooke Friday, Mar. 27th – Royal Victoria April Tuesday, Apr. 16th – New Residence Hall Wednesday, Apr. 17th – BMH, Douglas Thursday, Apr. 18th – Carrefour Sherbrooke Friday, Apr. 19th – Royal Victoria Local Food Days: Schedule
  • 19.
    • Where: MacDonald Campus Farm
    • When: Saturday, October 3 rd
    More info: Ask ERC ! Farm Tours: Reconnecting people with their food
  • 20. Farm to Plate: McGill Food Guide Annual Purchasing Database Organizational Charts Institutional Memory : Reports, Database & Resources
  • 21. Applied Student Research: Sustainable Purchasing Standards
  • 22. You Food Service Providers Suppliers & Distributors Commodity Brokers Farmers McGill’s Restaurants and Dining halls Chartwells Sodexo Self-Operated Residences Qu é bec Produce Hector Larivée Non- Qu é bec Produce Produce Brokers Farmers Farmers Food Service Providers Farmers You Food Service Providers Farmers
  • 23. McGill’s Restaurants and Dining Halls Chartwells You Food Service Providers Suppliers & Distributors Secondary Food Processing Primary Food Processing Sodexo Independent Residence Dining Hallss Mills/Co-ops Hectare Larivee Mills/Co-Ops On Farm processing Canning & Freezing Companies On Farm Processing Filtration Plants Processing Distall Natrel McGill’s Restaurants and Dining Halls Chartwells You Food Service Providers Commodity Brokers Farmers Sodexo Self-Operated Residences Quebec Produce Hector Larivée Non-Quebec Produce Quebec Dairy Produce Brokers Meat and Egg Products Quebec Milk Board Meat and Egg Brokers Distall Natrel Suppliers & Distributors
  • 24.
    • At the institutional level
    • Applied Student Research: establish food Sustainability Standards
    • Think Big: Change of culture and conventions
      • 100% Seasonal Menus
      • Direct Sourcing : Farm to Institution
      • Test & Implement alternative models for food provision on campus
      • Reconnect people to the food they consume
    • At the individual level
    • Make seasonal choices
    • Participate with campus food groups:
      • Happy Belly, Midnight Kitchen, Organic Campus, Campus Crops, Gorilla Composting, MAC Agro Ecology Group, Edible Campus, Plate Club, McGill Farmers Market…
    A New Direction: What you can do
  • 25. YOU CAN DO THIS 12 weeks, 5 part time researchers, 20 hours a week, 13$/hr Available Funding: SSMU Green Fee: $30,000+ annually Generations Pact: $100,000+ Sustainability Fund: $200,000+ annually Coming soon?! Campus Wide Sustainability Levy $850,000+ annually, 3 year trail
  • 26. Farmers Markets in MTL
    • Côte St. Paul
    • St. Paul Church
    • 1690 de l'Église St.
    • Saturdays, Sept. 5, 19, Oct. 3
    • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • East End
    • In front of École Guybourg
    • 6120 La Fontaine St.
    • Tues - Sun until Sept. 13
    • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Montreal North
    • Arthur Chevrier St. and Rolland
    • Saturdays, Sept. 5 and 19
    • 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    • Pierrefonds
    • Community Centre
    • 9665 Gouin Blvd. W.
    • Saturdays until Sept. 19
    • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Plateau Marche Duluth 4265 Laval (corner Marie-Anne) Sundays http:// marcheduluth.blogspot.com Pointe St. Charles Joe Beef Park 1930 Grand Trunk St. Centre and Richmond Sts. Saturday Sept. 12 & Oct. 10 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ste. Anne de Bellevue 10 Minutes from MAC Campus! June - end of October Saturdays from 9:00 to 16:00, [email_address] St. Henri École St. Zotique 4841 Palm Ave. Fridays from Sept. 4 to Oct. 9 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Downtown Habitations Jeanne Mance 250 Ontario St. Thursdays until Oct. 29 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Place Émilie Gamelin St. Catherine & Berri Fridays until Oct. 30 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Notre Dame de Grâce Benny Park Monkland and Benny Aves., Saturdays until Oct. 10 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Little Burgundy Across from HLM building 1845 St. Jacques St. Saturdays, Aug. 29, Sept. 19, Oct. 3,17 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.