By Celia Nyssens, Policy Officer, Nourish Scotland
Population dietary intake reflects the environment in which we live. Health education plays a role in influencing food choices but the food system has a much greater effect, with the potential to reduce health inequalities.
Between February and April 2018, over 800 people discussed the future of Scotland’s food system in 140 Kitchen Table Talks across the country. People hosted Kitchen Table Talks with their communities, friends, families, neighbours, and colleagues, with lively discussions revealing a real desire to participate in shaping the Good Food Nation agenda.
The overall top 5 priorities for action that people told us they wanted to see the Scottish Government take were:
1. Facilitate local food economies,
2. Invest in education and skills for all ages,
3. Make all food production sustainable through incentives and regulation,
4. Improve financial and geographical access to good food, and
5. Provide more and longer-term support to community food initiatives.
You can read the full summary of Kitchen Table Talks here.
Talks made clear that people care about the future of Scotland’s food and have strong views on what the Scottish Government could do to transform the food system: there is huge public appetite for a national conversation on the future of our food. The Scottish Food Coalition is therefore calling on the Scottish Government to Bring on the Bill. The Government pledged to bring in a Good Food Nation Bill to sort out the food system, and promised to consult before the end of 2017, but they haven’t, and won’t tell us when the consultation might be coming, and how they will make sure to give everyone a real opportunity to participate in shaping the Bill. So please join us in calling on Nicola Sturgeon to keep food on the agenda and ensure an inclusive consultation, take action today.
Note from the Editor: You can read about the SCPN kitchen table talk at https://scpnblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/kitchen-table-talkswith-scpn/