Find out more about the right to food, Scotland’s current position and its vision for the future.
WHAT IS THE RIGHT TO FOOD?
The right to food is a set of principles that would guide the Government on how to manage our country’s food system so that it works better for every person in Scotland.
AND THE PRINCIPLES ARE…
Food should be accessible to everyone
Everyone should be able to afford healthy food without sacrificing any other basic needs, like heating or housing.
Food should be adequate
Food must have nutrients necessary for the healthy development of children and adults. It must be free from harmful substances like toxic chemicals. It must also follow what is culturally acceptable and recognise that food banks are not an acceptable response to poverty.
Food should be available
The right to grow your own food by being able to access land and markets and have access to a sustainable food system that works for you and future generations.
ISN’T THIS ALREADY A HUMAN RIGHT?
Sure is. The right to food is protected in international law, but on a practical level, it’s really difficult to implement.
The food system is complicated and different issues are connected across it; from food insecurity, climate change, public health, and animal welfare to food waste, workers’ rights, trade, and biodiversity. The Scottish Food Coalition believes the right to food should be put into Scot’s law as part of the Good Food Nation Bill. This would make it clear that it‘s the Government’s responsibility to do everything in their power to achieve the principles.
THE GOOD FOOD NATION WHAT?!
The Good Food Nation Bill is a policy from the Scottish Government. It sets a new vision that by 2025 Scotland will be “a Good Food Nation, where people from every walk of life can take pride and pleasure in, and benefit from, the food they produce, buy, cook, serve, and eat each day.
The bill was set to be introduced in this parliamentary term, but will now not happen because of the need to implement emergency COVID-19 legislation.
Although there’s a hold up on introducing this new vision, you can still find out more. Below are a few links essays, policies and podcasts to help you get clued up.
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THE GOOD FOOD NATION BILL
Published in 2014, The Good Food National Bill policy sets a new vision for Scotland: that by 2025 Scotland will be “a Good Food Nation, where people from every walk of life take pride and pleasure in, and benefit from, the food they produce, buy, cook, serve, and eat each day.”
Read the Good Food Nation policy.
FARMERAMA RADIO: GOOD FOOD NATION BILL
Farmerama Radio is an award-winning podcast sharing the voices behind regenerative farming. This episode gives a great overview of the Good Food Nation bill in Scotland.
Listen to the Farmerama podcast on Goof Food Nation.
ESSAY: ARE THERE ANY GOOD FOOD NATIONS OUT THERE?
A paper by Laura Rose looks at what other countries are doing in terms of food policy. Laura’s explores if there are any other Good Food Nations in existence, or if Scotland will pioneer a statutory framework to join up food policy and create a sustainable food system that is accessible to all.
Read Are There any Good Food Nations Out There?
THE SCOTTISH FOOD COALITION
The Scottish Food Coalition is a diverse alliance of civil society organisations working for food justice. They are campaigning for a new law on food, a Good Food Nation Bill, that takes a whole system approach.
Visit the Scottish Food Coalition website.