With commitments from major parties it looks like new legislation for our food system is firmly set on the political agenda, whatever the outcome on May 5th.
SNP Manifesto: "We will bring forward a Good Food Nation Bill to draw together all aspects of the Scottish Government’s work on food and drink – including food standards, public procurement and food waste. We will implement our Good Food Nation policy drawing on the expertise on the Scottish Food Commission and civic society."
Scottish Greens Manifesto: A Food, Farming and Health Act. Scotland can address food insecurity while providing tasty, nutritious food in environmentally positive ways. Food currently spans a range of policy areas from health and land use to environment, making it difficult to coordinate action to reform food systems. We support Nourish Scotland’s call for an Act to provide a framework todeliver a range of food policies addressing health, environment and socialjustice concerns.
The Scottish Labour Manifesto is yet to be released, but Kezia Dugdale has clearly signalled that they too would bring forward a 'Food and Farming' Bill.
At the Scottish Food Coalition we believe that for legislation to provide a framework for a real transformation of our food system, it must contain provisions for democratic governance, as well as progressive policies
More here: http://www.nourishscotland.org/legislation-create-real-good-food-nation/