Good Food In Policy
We're not just changing menus, but minds as well
What if a single initiative could help local authorities to tackle health inequalities, support a thriving local economy, and contribute to greener environment? In Scotland, the Food for Life programme aims to do just that.
Over the past ten years 83,000 Scottish children started primary school overweight or obese. This is a burgeoning health crisis that needs to be dealt with now, and the public sector plate could lead the way. Soil Association Scotland wants to see a public sector that is a beacon of good food: food that’s healthy, sustainably produced, locally grown, and freshly prepared by a skilled and knowledgeable workforce.
What do we mean by ‘good food’?
Food that’s good for your health: lots of fruit and vegetables, fish and wholegrains, less but better quality meat, and a lot less processed food. Good food is even better when it’s shared.
Food that’s good for the environment: it’s in season, it’s sustainably produced, has low-climate impact and high welfare standards
Food that’s good for the economy: it’s grown by local producers, it’s prepared by skilled and knowledgeable people, and it supports a thriving economy.
It's about more than just the food on the plate. The Food for Life Scotland approach provides a framework for change. Through food we are taking on the big social issues: health, the economy and the environment.