At our Annual General Meeting in April, we adopted a resolution to create a sustainable development plan. This plan is the result of many years of work, including a complete analysis of our starting situation in 2022. Our sustainable development plan sets priorities based on our expertise and capabilities with the ultimate goal of improving our performance, not only in the fi ght against climate change, but also in sustainable agricultural practices and our social and economic contributions. You can now read the plan and the analysis, which are located under sustainable development in the issues section of lait.org.
Producers’ buy-in will be an important part of achieving this plan. On farms, in our individual enterprises, and collectively, we seek to become more innovative and adapt to society’s expectations, knowing that we have to be part of the solution in the fi ght against climate change. However, producers will not be able to achieve all of this alone. We will need industry actors and partners to be supportive and engaged so that knowledge can be developed and transferred and a business environment conducive to the adoption of new practices can be maintained.
That is why the meeting on October 11 was so important. The Sustainable Development Plan clearly states that the PLQ is committed to including partners in the implementation of its plan. It is not easy to convince actors, who are sometimes from different backgrounds, to share our point of view. The fact that dozens of people with a wide range of expertise would spend an entire day thinking about the goals we want to reach by 2027 and how we can measure our progress says a lot about the importance of this process and just how serious our commitment is.
This activity was not only relevant to the soundness and achievement of our plan’s goals, but also a way to mobilize the different stakeholders and help them understand the reality that producers face. For example, during the day, we of course heard from sustainable development experts, but also from processors who specifi cally discussed the expectations that consumers have brought to their attention and the plans that they are implementing as well. Producers also came to explain their challenges in adopting new practices, whereas the Au cœur des familles agricoles (ACFA) organization shared its observations on the quality of life problems that confront producers. Because this entire process must have as its core concern the sustainability of our sector, our enterprises, but also the producers who work every day to put healthy, highquality food on Quebecers’ tables.
On October 11, we were able to hear a number of comments from participants, who said that they were better informed of our activities, more motivated to support us – in research, knowledge transfers and guidance – and particularly more determined to be part of the solution themselves.
Daniel Gobeil, Chairman