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Why would we want fairer food supply chains anyway?

Supermarket trolleys

The UK Government is currently pondering the future of the supermarkets watchdog – officially known as the Groceries Code Adjudicator, or GCA. The options on the table are to abolish the GCA altogether, leave it as it is, or extend its remit. Nourish calls for an extension of […]

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Access to land for farmers in Europe

Rural landscape in Perthshire

We think it’s bad in Scotland.  But Europe has lost one third of its farmers in the last 12 years.  Of course we lost most of our small farmers many years ago, and we still have on average much larger farms than Germany, France, the Netherlands and […]

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Good Food Nation Bill in Programme for Government

Creative commons, ecologically grown vegetables

Press Release for Immediate Release Nourish Scotland welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to begin consultation on a Good Food Nation Bill in 2017. [1] Executive Director Pete Ritchie said ‘This legislation has the potential to be world-leading, we’re pleased the Scottish Government sees the need for a […]

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Brexit and food: what does anyone know?

Fruit and veg with label "Brexit must mean better"

As we stumble through the most inept period in British politics since Suez, it is only human to look for opportunities to make the best of it.  While we wait for Theresa May to start lifting the veil of uncertainty (is she really committed to leading her […]

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UN Makes Strong Recommendations on Right to Food

UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Late last night the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights released their Concluding Observations. We’re extremely pleased to say that the Committee has made strong recommendations on all of the headline issues we raised.

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UN Examination of the Right to Food in the UK

UN Palais des Nations

  This week we’re in Geneva giving evidence to the UN on the right to food. Here’s a quick breakdown of the who/what/why. What is the right to food? The right to food is protected within the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The UK […]

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The stakes of the EU Referendum for our food system

Our food system is strongly influenced by EU policies and politics. Yet, it has barely featured in the ongoing debates about the EU Referendum of June 23rd. At Nourish we believe that despite some rightful criticism of the EU, Scotland and the other nations of the UK are better off […]

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#NourishElectionAsks – Ask 6: Empowering Communities

The elections have come around quickly! This is our sixth blog on our election asks; last but certainly not least, concluding with a call for community empowerment and strategic support for the community food sector in Scotland. You can find the other blogs of this series here: […]

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