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


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


The Scottish Government published a 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 resilient, […]

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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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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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If ‘Veganuary’ won’t get us eating more veg, what will?

Organic Autumn Veg - CC Flickr Brockley Market

With talks of ‘Healthy January’ and ‘Veganuary’ all over social media, one could expect that our diets were healthier than average at the start of 2018. Well, if judged by the amount of fresh veg we bought throughout January, this assumption is soon refuted: sales of veg […]

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How can we make the healthy choice the easy choice in Scotland?

colourful vegetables

The Scottish Government’s consultation on their draft Diet and Obesity Strategy – now known as ‘A Healthier Future – Action and Ambitions on Diet, Activity and Healthy Weight’ – closes today. Like most of our colleagues in the third-sector, we at Nourish are broadly supportive of the draft Strategy […]

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What does dignity mean to you over the festive period?

For many, the holidays are a time of celebration, gathering of friends and family, indulging in festive treats and enjoying a rest from work. For far too many, however, they are also a time of worry, stress and anxiety associated with the financial pressures that sit alongside […]

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A Good Food Nation: For All Our Rights

Nourish Scotland and the Right to Food Campaign in Scotland screenshot of the United Nations logo

It’s Human Rights Day, and what a day for the last instalment of our crowdfunding blog series. If you believe everyone has the right to be able to eat well, and that collectively we’re entitled to a fair and sustainable food system then this one’s for you. […]

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