Highland Council and Scottish Government food policy
Scottish Government consults on new Agriculture Bill - closed December 2022
The introduction to the consultation document states
The new Agriculture Bill will aim to provide Scotland with a framework to support and work with farmers and crofters to meet more of our food needs sustainably and to farm and croft with nature. To ensure that Scotland's people are able to live and work sustainably on our land, this framework will deliver high quality food production, climate mitigation and adaptation, nature protection and restoration, and wider rural development. This consultation also includes proposals to modernise agricultural holdings and Scottish agricultural wages whilst seeking to complement the forthcoming Bills relating to land and the environment.
Check out an additional submission to the consultation from Scottish Community Alliance, and comment on the Bill in a blog from the Scottish Land Commission .
Highland Council's community food policy - 'Growing our Future'
From Skye Climate Action newsletter
The Highland Council's Community Food Growing Strategy was published in February. To tackle inequalities, improve inclusion and respond to the climate emergency, the Strategy's vision is "By 2027 Highland communities are resilient, empowered and supported to grow their own food.
"The 'Growing our Future' Strategy document gives examples of community growing across Highland, including edible villages, school projects, community orchards and community gardens, such as the Raasay Walled Garden. The Strategy seeks to support growers across Highland, improve access to land for community food growing, and help community groups and schools to set up projects on Council land and school grounds. There is an action plan, and the Council will try to source funds, land, connect people to groups, information and resources and help with things like tool libraries.
More information about how to start community food growing is in the Guidance Document.
Good Food Nation Bill passed unopposed
The Scottish Government's Good Food Nation Bill was approved at the end of the Stage 3 debate and amendments last Tuesday 15 June, with 113 MSPs voting in favour, and none opposed or abstaining.
Congratulations are due to all those, particularly the Scottish Food Coalition and the Scottish Green Party, who worked and campaigned to secure the passage of this bill in a workmanlike form.
The bill as passed 15 June 2022
May 2022 update
Food commission amendment accepted
In response to an email asking her to support the inclusion of provision for a Food Commission in the GFN bill, Ariane Burgess, Green Party MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has announced that the Scottish Government has agreed to support an amendment to that effect. [The amendment was accepted].
Bachground to the bill
The Scottish Government's aspiration to make Scotland a 'Good Food Nation' dates from 2014. The Good Food Nation Bill introduced to Parliament last October requires the Scottish Government and certain public bodies to create good food nation plans to support social and economic wellbeing, the environment, health, and economic development. According to the Scottish Government, these plans will help ensure good quality, locally sourced and produced food is a practical everyday reality for everyone.
The Scottish Food Coalition have also published a substantial report 'A Good Food Nation for Scotland - why and How' .
Here is a readable version
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