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  • How do we end food bank hell?

    Shelagh Young on the possibility of tackling food banks in Scotland using the U.lab process supported by the Scottish Government. I recently attended a Scottish Government hosted workshop, which introduced a large audience to the Massachusetts institute of Technology’s (MIT) U.lab and the Presencing Institute – which self-describes as an “awareness-based action-research community that creates […]

  • Expo 2015: a missed opportunity for global food security

    Expo 2015: ‘Feeding the planet, Energy for life’ opened this month in Milan, more or less on time, but not without controversy. The opening day saw riots in opposition to the cost of the exhibition; costs also condemned as hypocritical by the Pope who suggested they might be put to more practical use in tackling […]

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    Slow Food Youth Network Scotland launches with an Eat-In on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

    Edinburgh’s Royal Mile was surprised by an unusual addition to the regular offering of tours and street performers this Sunday. A colourful pop-up, public dining experience called an “Eat-In” sprung up under the imposing bulk of St Giles cathedral, marking the launch of the Slow Food Youth Network Scotland. A dozen or so young people […]

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    Government duty to meet people’s right to food acknowledged by Minister Aileen McLeod

    Iain MacKinnon reports from the annual conference of Community Land Scotland. “It is very encouraging to hear the concept of human rights and the realisation of human rights embedded at the heart of a ministerial speech on land reform.” This was how Community Land Scotland’s (CLS) policy officer, Peter Peacock, responded to the speech made […]

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    Big Food, Slimmer Shapes

    Shelagh Young comments on the recent shapeshifting of the Big Food players. Are we witnessing the death of big food? The Economist reported recently from the US that “after decades of rising sales and high popularity, makers and sellers of processed food are under pressure”. It holds policymakers, campaigners for real food and “an increasingly […]

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    A tale of two countries

    Nourish Director Pete Ritchie on the elections aftermath and the widening gap between Holyrood and Westminster. Whichever side of the Border you live, it is the best of times for the haves, and the worst of times for the have-nots. But the two governments north and south have very different views about why this is […]

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    EU proposal on GMOs draws concern on all sides

    The EU Commission this week announced a proposal for “a more flexible approach” towards the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Following a review on authorisation of GMOs, Member States will now be given the chance to opt out of the cultivation and importing of specific GMOs authorised as safe at an EU level. National […]

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    Up-coming food events

    Propagate – May/June different locations around Glasgow To nurture connections between Glasgow’s community growing and food projects, the Glasgow Local Food Network is organising Propagate, a series of free events. At each event, there’ll be time to network and share project news.   Events include: Meet the Rocket! – 12 May, Glasgow Find out more […]

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    Get involved – May

    Join the campaign against TTIP The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, is currently being negotiated between the EU and the US. This trade deal aims to remove ‘non-tariff barriers to trade’: There’s already very little obstacle to trade between the EU and the US at present, but through TTIP other rules and regulations […]

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    What can you grow on 2000 square metres?

    Whitmuir Farm, a few miles south of Edinburgh, is selling itself to the local community. For a couple of years now, Whitmuir Community Benefit Society has been selling shares in the working organic farm, with a view to securing the future of the educational work that already goes on there. They just finished preparing the […]

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