The impact of food systems on the sustainable development of communities as well as on the health and quality of life of individuals is no longer to be proven. On the North Shore, specific challenges are faced in setting up or improving a sustainable food system. Among other factors, the region’s geography, climate and low population density contribute to the complexity of food production and distribution. Consequently, physical and economic access to a variety of healthy foods is jeopardized, even more so for certain more remote communities. Cultural aspects are also closely linked to the population’s eating habits.

MU Conseils was hired by the Table Santé-Qualité de la Côte-Nord to assess each component of the region’s food system, from the field and sea to consumers’ plate and waste recovery, while considering the specifics of each territory. By acquiring knowledge and mobilizing key players, MU Conseils helped the Table to identify innovative local projects with great potential that will provide the North Shore population with access to healthy, local food.

Here is a summary of the results obtained:

  • Mobilization of key players in each territory during a regional tour meant to raise awareness about sustainable food system concepts and identify territory-specific issues and solutions;
  • Comprehensive data collection on each component of the food system;
  • Release of the overview and a summary at the regional and provincial levels;
  • Consolidation of territorial and regional consultation on North Shore food system issues;
  • Representations with strategic partners.

Click here to view the complete overview of the North Shore food system (in French only) and click here to see a summary of the portrait (in French only).

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