Unpacking McGill's Food Systems

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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.

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Unpacking McGill's Food Systems

  1. 2. <ul><li>MFSP Background </li></ul><ul><li>Who we are </li></ul><ul><li>How we got here </li></ul>
  2. 4. <ul><li>Why food? </li></ul>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.
  3. 5. <ul><li>Where does our food come from, and why? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is in charge of our food sourcing decisions ? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we - as a community - improve the sustainability of our food chain at McGill? </li></ul>
  4. 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
  5. 9. 5700 km! WTF?!
  6. 10. <ul><li>Where does our food come from, and why ? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is in charge of our food sourcing decisions ? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we - as a community - improve the sustainability of our food chain at McGill? </li></ul>
  7. 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
  8. 12. Farm to Plate: Tracing the food back to the farm <ul><li>Given the complexity of the system, it possible to find out which farm our food is coming from? </li></ul><ul><li>Hard to say, because…. </li></ul><ul><li>Frequency of change </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptability of industrial food web </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking only set up for situations of crisis, recall </li></ul>
  9. 15. <ul><li>Where does our food come from, and why? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is in charge of our food sourcing decisions ? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we - as a community - improve the sustainability of our food chain at McGill? </li></ul>
  10. 16. <ul><li>Bringing people together </li></ul><ul><li>Met with 60+ individuals, 150 meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation, Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrations & Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Local food days </li></ul><ul><li>Farm tours: October 3 rd (Run by ERC) </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Research: reports, database, org chart, website </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Partnerships: ENVR 401, NTRI 347, ANTH ???, AGRI 215 </li></ul><ul><li>Applied Student Research: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainable Purchasing Standards </li></ul></ul>What we’ve accomplished: Overview
  11. 17. <ul><li>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 . </li></ul><ul><li>Reconnect students to the seasonal availability of regional food </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate the economic, social, and ecological benefits of eating locally </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strengthen our residence’s support of regional food production </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Test the capacity and quality of regional suppliers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Track the origins of the locally sourced menu against conventional ordering </li></ul></ul>Local Food Days: Goals
  12. 18. <ul><li>September </li></ul><ul><li>Wednesday, Sept. 30th – All residence dining halls </li></ul><ul><li>October </li></ul><ul><li>Tuesday, Oct. 27th – New Residence Hall </li></ul><ul><li>Wednesday, Oct. 28th – Bishop Mountain Hall </li></ul><ul><li>Thursday, Oct. 29th – Carrefour Sherbrooke </li></ul><ul><li>Friday, Oct. 30th – Douglas </li></ul><ul><li>November </li></ul><ul><li>Tuesday, Nov. 17th – New Residence Hall </li></ul><ul><li>Wednesday, Nov. 18th – BMH </li></ul><ul><li>Thursday, Nov. 19th – Carrefour Sherbrooke </li></ul><ul><li>Friday, Nov. 20th – Douglas </li></ul><ul><li>December </li></ul><ul><li>Tuesday, Dec. 8th – New Residence Hall </li></ul><ul><li>Wednesday, Dec. 9th – BMH </li></ul><ul><li>Thursday, Dec. 10th – Carrefour Sherbrooke </li></ul><ul><li>Friday, Dec. 11th – Douglas </li></ul>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
  13. 19. <ul><li>Where: MacDonald Campus Farm </li></ul><ul><li>When: Saturday, October 3 rd </li></ul>More info: Ask ERC ! Farm Tours: Reconnecting people with their food
  14. 20. Farm to Plate: McGill Food Guide Annual Purchasing Database Organizational Charts Institutional Memory : Reports, Database & Resources
  15. 21. Applied Student Research: Sustainable Purchasing Standards
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 24. <ul><li>At the institutional level </li></ul><ul><li>Applied Student Research: establish food Sustainability Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Think Big: Change of culture and conventions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>100% Seasonal Menus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct Sourcing : Farm to Institution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test & Implement alternative models for food provision on campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reconnect people to the food they consume </li></ul></ul><ul><li>At the individual level </li></ul><ul><li>Make seasonal choices </li></ul><ul><li>Participate with campus food groups: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Happy Belly, Midnight Kitchen, Organic Campus, Campus Crops, Gorilla Composting, MAC Agro Ecology Group, Edible Campus, Plate Club, McGill Farmers Market… </li></ul></ul>A New Direction: What you can do
  19. 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
  20. 26. Farmers Markets in MTL <ul><li>Côte St. Paul </li></ul><ul><li>St. Paul Church </li></ul><ul><li>1690 de l'Église St. </li></ul><ul><li>Saturdays, Sept. 5, 19, Oct. 3 </li></ul><ul><li>9 a.m. to 2 p.m. </li></ul><ul><li>East End </li></ul><ul><li>In front of École Guybourg </li></ul><ul><li>6120 La Fontaine St. </li></ul><ul><li>Tues - Sun until Sept. 13 </li></ul><ul><li>11 a.m. to 6 p.m. </li></ul><ul><li>Montreal North </li></ul><ul><li>Arthur Chevrier St. and Rolland </li></ul><ul><li>Saturdays, Sept. 5 and 19 </li></ul><ul><li>9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. </li></ul><ul><li>Pierrefonds </li></ul><ul><li>Community Centre </li></ul><ul><li>9665 Gouin Blvd. W. </li></ul><ul><li>Saturdays until Sept. 19 </li></ul><ul><li>10 a.m. to 1 p.m. </li></ul>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.

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