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Good Food Nation Bill consultation – what does it all mean?

food on a plate

The long-awaited consultation on a Good Food Nation Bill was published just before Christmas – you can read it here. It is complex and confusing in places, but the proposals are significant. This Bill will not suddenly change the way we produce or eat food: it is not […]

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Reflections on the 10th Oxford Real Farming Conference

Oxford Real Farming Conference 2019

What an outstanding achievement!  From 80 people meeting up ten years ago to say ‘there is another way to do farming’ to a 1000 strong conference with 100 workshops and 250 speakers, including not just Michael Gove but this year the legendary Eliot Coleman. Colin Tudge and […]

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We can move forward now: time for Scotland to act on climate change

Cows and calves at Whitmuir Organic farm. ©Lorne Gill/SNH

Last weekend, the yearly climate change talks came to an end in Poland. Amid Brexit headlines, you may have missed the news: the world’s leaders agreed a new ‘rulebook’ for how countries will deliver on the promises made in the Paris Agreement in 2015. While this is […]

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Guest blog: Beekeeping for beginners for a pollinator-friendly Scotland

Bees

Guest blog by Alice Halls, freelance writer and beekeeper. Why bees are so important for our food system The Scottish government recently launched the Pollinator Strategy for Scotland (2017-2027), outlining measures to make the country a friendlier place for declining bee populations. Bees are essential for pollinating roughly one third of the […]

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Forestry Strategy: a missed opportunity

Forest

The Scottish Government published a draft Forestry Strategy in September. But it’s not much of a strategy. The document sets the following vision: ‘Scotland will have more forests and woodlands, which will be sustainably managed as a much greater part of the nation’s natural capital, providing a […]

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Changing conversations and rising momentum for the Good Food Nation Bill

Illustration of what a good food nation could look like

Yesterday at 5pm, the Parliament passed a motion requesting the Scottish Government to bring forward a Good Food Nation Bill, which has the right to food at its heart, joins-up all aspects of food policy, and includes targets for areas of policy which impact on food. And […]

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Nine meals from poverty

It’s an indication of the increasingly surreal Brexit debate that laughably stupid UK government proposals for ‘no deal’ are being reported with a straight face rather than the derisory contempt they deserve.  Here’s the British Retail Consortium on food supplies last week: Stockpiling of food is not […]

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MSPs join campaigners in calling for Scotland to become a Good Food Nation

So, what is a ‘Good Food Nation’ then? One with sourdough bread made from heritage Scottish grain, delicious cheese from Scotland’s ethical dairy that is pioneering in animal welfare, organic salad leaves and strawberries picked fresh locally? All such delights were found at the Scottish Food Coalition’s […]

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Will another Kitchen Table Talk change the world?

Nourish Scotland, along with other members of the Scottish Food Coalition, have been running a campaign to get people to talk about food over the last couple of months. Whether that’s at big old wooden kitchen tables, smooth and sleek office tables, tables at the allotment or […]

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Take Action: Do a Kitchen Table Talk

There’s just over two weeks left to help shape the future of Scotland’s food system. As a member of the Scottish Food Coalition, Nourish has been taking part in and promoting Kitchen Table Talks. Make sure the food justice issues you care about are represented before the […]

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