Sustainable Agriculture

Together, let's build the agriculture of tomorrow

Let’s join forces to make Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean a leader in sustainable agriculture

In 2009, Nutrinor made a commitment to make sustainable development its management philosophy. Nutrinor then gave itself the mission of uniting its forces with those of the earth to sustainably increase collective wealth.

In 2016, Nutrinor undertook to propel its sustainable development approach to another more daring, more ambitious and more global level: to provide the Saguenay Lac Saint-Jean region with sustainable agriculture.

Members and consumers are at the center of this new project because they define the raison d’être of Nutrinor. The objective is to meet the new expectations of consumers in terms of responsible consumption.

Milk is the spearhead of this sustainable agriculture project. The challenge: to create unique value chains by marketing more responsible and ethical agricultural and agrifood products.

By combining efforts on the farm through to the processing and marketing of products, sustainable agriculture is offered to both organic and conventional producers, both to grain farms and to farms with animals.

It is by working with our world, our lands and our animals that Nutrinor wishes to achieve the objective of making Saguenay — Lac-Saint-Jean an agricultural territory unique in the world, a territory of sustainable agriculture.

Our world

We take care of our world by working daily with these women and men who devote their energies to feeding the world. The union of our forces contributes to a prosperous economy, dynamic living environments and active agricultural succession.

Our lands

We take care of our land by enhancing agricultural practices that increase the presence of organic matter in the soil and help sequester more carbon … practices that have repercussions on biodiversity and the profitability of farms. We support agricultural practices adapted to the conservation of water quality such as the enhancement of riparian strips. We advocate the judicious use of pesticides, herbicides as part of the development of precision agriculture. We support efforts to reduce energy consumption and shift towards renewable energies. We promote waste reduction, the reuse of materials, recycling and the judicious conservation of fertilizers.

Our animals

We take care of our animals by aiming for breeding methods that approximate the natural behavior of our animals. We promote animal welfare practices and farm certification in this regard. We support the producer towards optimal breeding management that maximizes yield. We favor a specific Nordic diet. We support animals in the wild both in free stalls and in pasture and we support practices that allow the traceability of the animal throughout its lifespan.

These are our aspirations for sustainable agriculture.

The Nutrinor Sustainable Agricultural Pact

The Nutrinor Sustainable Agricultural Pact (NSAP), an ambitious program aimed at making the Saguenay — Lac-Saint-Jean region a world leader in the emerging field of sustainable agriculture. This is a voluntary and progressive approach, well thought out and supervised by our expert advisers, which will benefit the 700 or so member producers who are now invited to subscribe to the process.

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Evolution of sustainable agriculture at Nutrinor

 

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Mission

Nutrinor has made a commitment to make sustainable development its management philosophy. Nutrinor then gave itself the mission of uniting its forces with those of the earth to sustainably increase collective wealth.

An approach to another level

Nutrinor undertakes to propel its sustainable development approach to another more daring, more ambitious and more global level: to provide the Saguenay — Lac-Saint-Jean region with sustainable agriculture.

Production of 100% grain-fed chickens raised without antibiotics

Avec près de 2 millions de poulets produits chaque année, Nutrinor est l’un des plus importants producteurs de volailles sans antibiotiques au Canada.

Creation of the free-range hen nest

Les produits de notre pondoir envahissent déjà le marché québécois. À pleine capacité, ce sont 720 000 douzaines d’œufs qui quitteront la volière pour atterrir dans les assiettes des consommateurs chaque année.

Conclusive vote

At Nutrinor's annual general meeting, members voted on the proposal to provide the region with a sustainable agriculture approach.

Head full of ideas

Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark: agricultural producers from Saguenay — Lac-Saint-Jean join around ten members of the Nutrinor team and form a delegation that has come to learn more about best practices in sustainable agriculture, a concept that is widely recognized. a fabulous boom in this country. They will come back to Quebec with their heads full of ideas and, above all, the firm conviction that the region must also take this turn.

Organic milling

Nutrinor inaugurates its organic flour mill to supply organic grains to all Quebec breeders. The cooperative will supply all organic producers in Quebec in addition to promoting and marketing regional organic grains on international markets.

The Nutrinor Sustainable Agricultural Pact

This is a voluntary and progressive approach, well thought out and supervised by our expert advisers, which will benefit the 700 or so member producers who are now invited to subscribe to the process.