People power evident in response to Good Food Nation Consultation
Huge numbers of people have supported the call for change to Scotland’s food system by sharing their views with Scottish Government.
Earlier this year, the Scottish Government published a consultation on becoming a Good Food Nation. The consultation asked for people’s views on whether or not we should have a new law on food to help us transition to a fair, healthy and sustainable food system.
The Scottish Food Coalition has campaigned for this new law, dubbed the Good Food Nation Bill, and is delighted to see such strong support among the people of Scotland.
Key themes from the responses to the consultations were:
“Government and public bodies should involve lots of different groups and individuals in making the Good Food Nation plan reality because food should be the concern of everyone in society. Just as importantly, Ministers and public bodies should foster this collaboration in a way that makes it easy for people to understand the plan and to have their voices listened to.”
And one local authority commented that “An overarching framework set out in legislation would go substantially further than existing pieces of legislation and policy that focus on one part of the food system e.g. climate change, diet etc.”, showing clear support for a more joined-up approach to this important area.
A mighty 627 individuals in Scotland sent in their thoughts in detail, and another 470 people responded to the Scottish Food Coalition e-action. This shows just how many people are interested in important issues like changing the food system, and how important public participation is for truly democratic decision-making.
Click here to read the full analysis of the consultation responses here
Today, the Scottish Government published its 2019-2020 Programme for Government, which clarified the intention to propose a Good Food Nation Bill this year. The Scottish Food Coalition (SFC) welcomes news of this commitment in light of the many challenges that the food system is facing.
However, we encourage Scottish Government and elected representatives to ensure this bill will join-up food policy, for example through an ambitious national food plan and the creation of a Food Commission to drive progress towards a healthier, fairer and more sustainable future.
Read more about our ambitions for the Good Food Nation bill below, we believe each of these are essential in our journey towards more coherent, effective, and just food policies:
The SFC and its members are looking forward to working with decision-makers and stakeholders on an ambitious bill that will bring about these much-needed changes for Scotland’s society and environment.
Read the full programme for government here.