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Ma Cantine in AMAP

Social & Solidarity Economy

What challenges did this initiative look to address?

Classically an AMAP has the challenge of linking citizens and local producers to create a short-circuit sales system: fruits and vegetables, but also eggs, meats, bread, cheese, and other processed or non-processed products arrive from the homemaker's farm without intermediary. Producers do not necessarily have the organic label but commit to a "sustainable, diversified agriculture, suited to the territory, breaking with agro-chemistry (without synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides)". Individuals, members of an AMAP, pay their food several months in advance to secure the farmer’s income, allow him to forecast his production and act in solidarity, taking the risk that production may be lower because of weather hazards.

What has changed?

The specificity of this project is to put everyone around the table to understand everyone's issues and build solutions together. Each month, the steering committee meets: the head of the kitchen, the representative of the childhood section of the Mairie, three elected representatives of Moret-Loing-et-Orvanne, a representative of the AMAP, a representative of the parents of the students, a farmer, the school principal and the head of the project. In the district, there are five AMAPs for 12,700 inhabitants and the municipality has made it an issue to maintain local agriculture and even to support the installation of new farmers for the dynamisation of the territory.

There are several obstacles and limits that need to be overcome: the costs are somewhat higher, although it is possible to prepare meals using less meat for example, or to reduce the waste generated in the canteen. As there are several producers, another point is to reduce the complexity of the system. The project also intends to introduce new vegetables little by little while working on education/awareness with the kids, by letting them grow their own garden and thus allowing them to become familiar with vegetables they would never have eaten before.

How did it happen?

The evaluation of the experiment began in the spring of 2018: it involves both measuring the effects, understanding the limits and evaluating the ecological footprint of the project with a comparison between conventional and centralized production supply and supply by an AMAP. The evaluation is conducted by a consulting firm and its results should enable to spread the project starting in 2019 at a regional but also at a national level (the AMAP Ile-de-France Network is part of the AMAP Inter-Regional Movement, Miramap). For the municipality of Moret-Loing-et-Orvanne, the idea is also to support the debate around the creation of a local and organic supply system, which would cover the needs of all school canteens, the municipality but also the facilities for dependent elderly people.

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