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Scottish civil society supports Scottish Government’s non-GM policy

PRESS RELEASE We are writing in support of the Scottish Government’s decision to ban the growing of GM crops in Scotland, reinforcing its long-standing moratorium. We believe that this policy reflects a broad consensus across civil society in Scotland. As consumers in Scotland we have repeatedly shown […]

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Nourish Scotland supports Scottish Government’s ban on commercial GM crops

Today the Scottish Government has taken the confident and well informed decision to ban commercial growing of GM crops in Scotland. Nourish and a consortium of partner organisations representing civil society, such as Friends of the Earth Scotland, Common Good Food, and Global Justice Now, support this […]

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Scotland’s future is better sausages and better bread

Now I realise that this might not be the first thing you think of when someone talks about the possibility of transforming Scotland’s economy and society into something better fit for its citizens. But it does help to describe one of the main transitions we need to […]

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Another Food Bank Opened by Welfare Reformist

David Mundell, Conservative MP and Secretary of State for Scotland, opened Scotland’s 50-something-th Trussell Trust food bank in Dumfries today, up from just 1 food bank in 2009. Mundell still denies that there is any link between the UK Government’s welfare reform and the growth of food […]

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Local Food Survey Report Launch

This Thursday 18th June we will be launching the report from our Local Food Survey, and well as our new and exciting collaboration with Big Barn and we’d love you to join us.  Sadly we can’t pay for your show entry  but please do come along if […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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