Mouans-Sartoux is a small town, located in the French Riviera in the south-east of France. For 40 years, we have been committed to an ambitious and sustainable local food policy, aiming to protect both environment and the health of our citizens, while supporting economic development. With this in mind, we have developed projects involving local stakeholders 100% organic and mostly local school canteens, creation of a municipal farm supplying most of the vegetables consumed in canteens, sustainable food education actions towards pupils as well as citizens in general, support to the settlement of organic farmers in the area.
Today, most of the inhabitants are convinced that this development option contributes to improving their quality of life and to promoting the resilience of our area.
Our challenge now is to better organise the food governance at the municipality level and to increase the supply of organic local products by stimulating self-production and ensuring that the number of new farmers and cooperation with the surrounding mountainous areas respond efficiently to local demand. We believe that digital tools can efficiently address these issues. Among others, we need innovation and smart solutions to improve local products distribution at a larger scale, to involve all the stakeholders including the “invisible”, and to make Mouans-Sartoux a pioneer lab’ for local food policies and development model based on resilience values.
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BioCanteens project podcast
Hear this short podcast in French, overviewing the BioCanteens food project, characterised by 100% organic and mainly local school canteens implemented in Mouans-Sartoux at no additional cost.
Find out how the initiative has drastically reduced food waste and grown the agricultural land of the town almost threefold, while being mindful of land preservation. Thibaud Lalanne, coordinator at the Maison d'Education à l'Alimentation Durable (MEAD), explains.
Watch the videos below for more information.
Get inspired by the European movement for food democracy and sovereignty
Join the journey into the future of local sustainable food and register to attend an event dedicated to the movement of European cities engaged in food democracy and sovereignty on 23 March 2021! Discover concrete and practical sustainable food solutions already happening in the context of the Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration and in the run-up to COP-26 in November 2021.
Mouans-Sartoux, though its participation in the URBACT BioCanteens network, is highly engaged in the distribution of organic school meals as a key lever towards the development of integrated and eco-systemic local agri-food projects, protecting both citizens’ health and the environment.
The BIOCANTEENS initiative
Get a flavour of Mouans-Sartoux' school catering initiative that prioritises the supply of locally produced organic food without additional costs. Explore it in more detail at its dedicated Smart Solution page: https://www.smartrural21.eu/smart-solution/biocanteens/
2nd Smart Communities Café, Mouans-Sartoux (France), 8 January 2021
During the 2nd Smart Rural Communities’ Café, hosted by Mouans-Sartoux (France), Thibaud Lalanne was telling about about the way they built up 100% organic school canteens and municipal farms, as well as how the village has managed to design a resilient and ecosystemic food project based on a diversity of policies.
Mouans-Sartoux - an innovative and ambitious food project
Discover the ambitious food policy of Mouans-Sartoux, which is based on sustainable school collective catering, allowing school children and residents to eat healthier food.