Symposiums and Workshops


2018 - 3rd edition of the annual Canadian Food Law and Policy Conference

The 3rd Canadian conference on food law and policy was held from September 25 to 27 in Quebec city. The theme for this year was Innovations in agri-food law.

Discussions surrounding new Canadian and Quebec food laws and policies not only focus on the importance of healthy, nutritious and safe food for all Canadians, but also the impact of individual and collective choices in this area on health, environment and the economy. These policies, which are currently being developed, will provide a new framework for Canadians to think about food security and will necessarily underpin important legislative changes.

In this context, it is most relevant to question the roles that agrifood law can and must play. Also, the 3rd edition of the Conference on Canadian Food Law and Public Policy, to be held at Laval University between September 25 and 27, 2018, has the main objective of presenting and discussing Canadian law as a source of social innovation, changes in agribusiness and more broadly in food diversity and food security. The challenges are many and important: noncommunicable diseases, food fraud the safety of food entering our territory, climate change, food security among indigenous people, etc. Addressing these challenges through policy and law requires creativity, while at the same time we have to deal with the framework of Canadian commitments on the international scene, including liberalization of agricultural and food trade and standardization.


Presentations of speakers

Students’ posters

Raphaëlle Bach – Vers une alimentation  territorialisée durable, une recherche participative pour comprendre le système alimentaire de Québec.

Jessica Cytryn – Legal protection for Canadian origin-specific products: The case of ‘Quebec ice cider’.

Amy Hétu – Social media: a jungle of junk food adds targeted to children and teens.

Morgane Leclercq – La sécurité semencière au Burkina Faso et au Sénégal, une recherche empirique. 



2017 - International Symposium on Food Security and Nutrition in the Age of Climate Change

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In September 2017, Geneviève Parent, holder of the DDSA Chair, has chaired the Scientific Committee of the International Symposium on Food Security and Nutrition in a Changing Climate organized jointly by the FAO and the Ministère des relations internationales et de la Francophonie of Québec. The videos of the symposium are online and available at the following address: (french only).

The International Symposium was in line with the major orientations of Quebec's international policy, through its contribution to a more sustainable, equitable and secure world. The Government of Québec will continue its efforts as a committed player in the fight against climate change, with this growing interest in issues related to food security and nutrition.

It is with great pride that the publication of the Proceedings of this Colloquium was officially launched on Thursday, October 18, 2018 on the sidelines of an event organized within the framework of the Committee on World Food Security. This book, which is the result of a lengthy process of synthesizing the presentations and analyzing the interactive workshops, will be available on the official Colloquium page at the following link: Ms. Parent is also co-editor.

2016 - 2nd International Symposium of the DDSA Chair. Food: Between Territory and Health


The dialogue between science and food and nutrition is traditionally marked by compartmentalized thinking. However, these reflections carried out in silos such as "food-health", "food-territory" and "health-territory" would benefit from being pooled and confronted. The concept of food security (established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 1996), that of sustainable food (FAO, 2010), then that of food and nutritional security (FAO, 2012), invites us to do so by being cross-cutting and by including the cultural, social and environmental dimensions of food, while emphasizing the importance of promoting and protecting diversity in food, from seeds to production methods.

In a context where all the texts, guidelines and other documents from different international organizations (FAO, WHO, etc.), including recent developments in the area of the right to food, advocate the need to build territorialized food systems for better food and nutritional security, this pooling of thoughts is not only necessary, but essential. These recent international developments invite us to adopt a more systemic and sustainable vision of food, less medicalized and less oriented towards purely economic considerations. This 2nd international conference of the Research Chair in Law on Food Diversity and Food Security (DDSA Chair) is co-organized with Alliance santé Québec and is intended to be an opportunity to reflect in a coherent manner on the different relationships between food and territory with respect to a holistic conception of health and well-being.

Conference objectives

  • To continue the reflection on territorialized food systems initiated at the 1st symposium of the DDSA Chair in 2015;
  • To provide a transversal and coherent vision of food and nutrition that decompartmentalizes the sectors of agriculture, agri-food, health and occupation of the territory in a perspective of sustainable health;
  • Rethink the articulation between the prevention of nutritional diseases and the promotion of sustainable and territorialized agriculture and food;
  • To present and discuss the challenges posed by the construction of territorialized food systems;
  • Strengthen and share knowledge between actors (civil society, companies, researchers, associations, municipalities and governments, producers, distributors, processors, population);
  • Pursue the development of France-Quebec-Latin America-Caribbean cooperation in terms of food diversity and territorialized food systems;

Topics on the agenda include

  • To continue the reflection on territorialized food systems initiated at the 1st symposium of the DDSA Chair in 2015;
  • Influencing factors for sustainable diet and health;
  • Overall nutritional quality;
  • Collective food service; 
  • The link between agriculture and healthy, sustainable and territorialized food;
  • The difficult adaptation of international food standards to territories;
  • Avenues for change : The Potential of Cities and Municipalities.   

Presentations of speakers




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2015 - International Symposium "The Territorialized Agri-Food Systems : Source of Diversity and Tool for Integration and Competitiveness"

Co-organized by the DDSA Chair and the UNESCO Chair in World Food Systems

The concept of Territorialized Agri-Food Systems (TAS) emerged in the last few years in France. It now forms a strong matrix to work towards food systems that are more respectful of cultural and biological diversity in order to fulfill the several components of food security while getting along with the globalized consumption system. This new concept stresses the importance of the optimization of the local integration systems. While taking an historical perspective, we suggest that globalization fragments the systems by increasing the division of work and widening distances between the production site of inputs of all nature and the fabrication site of finished goods, but also between the production site and the consumption of these products. The TAS are more established on networks of local agriculture businesses, agri-food businesses and services using local resources and taking into account the criteria of sustainable development. These two types of systems serve different stakeholders and may certainly coexist. Even if there is a lot of initiatives emerging in the Americas that are clearly part of the TAS, this concept is not well known and recognized and it seems interesting to analyze this concept that reflects different perspectives. A territorialized differentiation strategy may also be a tool for food diversity and competitiveness in a context of globalized market. Therefore, it is necessary to consider other economic and legal tools that can be used to promote the TAS in order to contribute to food diversity.

Symposium Objectives 

  • To present and debate on the TAS concept with American continent perspective;
  • To present and debate on economic and legal tools promoting TAS in order to contribute to food diversity and to the development of TAS;
  • To strengthen the knowledge, sharing the expertise between stakeholders (civil society, businesses, researchers, associative movement, municipalities, governments, producers, distributors and food processors);
  • To develop inter-American cooperation in the Americas and between Europe and the Americas regarding TAS.





Consult the acts of the symposium HERE (French only)


Quebec Declaration: ENG


2017-2018 - "Food Democracy: What is the scope of a sustainable right to food?"


Doctoral seminar "DémocrAlim" on the occasion of the French-speaking seminar "Towards a food democracy: what is the scope of a sustainable right to food?"

Under the direction of Dominique Paturel (UMR Innovation, UNESCO Chair in World Food Systems), Patrice Ndiaye (Institut Montpellier Management, Centre de recherches et d'études administratives de Montpellier) and Geneviève Parent (Faculty of Law, Laval University, Quebec (Canada), Legal Research Chair in Food Diversity and Food Security).

22-23 November 2017, 14-15 March and 16-17 May 2018 at the Institut Montpellier Management, La Maison des Sciences de l'Homme de Montpellier, Inra Montpellier.

On the occasion of the French-speaking seminar on the theme of the right to sustainable food as an element of a food democracy, which will take place in Montpellier in November 2017, March 2018 and May 2018, the seminar organizers propose to organize a doctoral seminar and to grant a scholarship to cover the costs of missions.

The seminar is part of the program of the French-speaking seminar "Towards a food democracy: the right to sustainable food". The program of the seminar envisages three doctoral sessions. The first session in November 2017 will be an opportunity for doctoral students to present and discuss their research. The second session scheduled for March 2018 will entrust the doctoral students with the organization of a round table and during the third and final session in May 2018, the doctoral students will propose a synthesis of the seminar.

Based on the concept of food democracy defined by Tim Lang (1999), the question of developing a sustainable right to food based on research in law (environmental, international, agri-food ...) but also in the humanities (sociology, political science, geography, management science ...). In the attention given to families with small budgets and to precarious individuals, the issue of access is of primary importance and is part of a broader reflection on new social rights (Fraser, 1998).

Which sources? "Hard" law; "soft" law, regulation or law; recommendations, guidelines?
What content? Right to food security, right to health, right to justice, right to citizenship?
What scope? Peremptory law, objective of public policies ...



2016 - “Conservation and Development of Ancestral/Indigenous Plant Genetic Resources: Challenges, Tools and Perspectives. Sharing the Canadian, Mexican and American Experiences”

The overall objective was to bring together key stakeholders from the United States of America, Mexico and Canada, including indigenous people, involved in conservation and utilization of diversity in crops plants with particular emphasis on crops relevant for indigenous agriculture. The participants including individuals from governmental and non-governmental organizations, from universities and seed savers were expected to share information and to elaborate the complementarity of each other’s activities to the benefit of food security, economic and ecological resilience.


Summary report

Final report
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