Nourish Scotland January News

Nourish January News

Happy new year to you all! 
2018 is going to be a busy year for food politics in Scotland with - amongst others - the upcoming Good Food Nation Bill consultation, and in the UK as a whole as Brexit takes shape and important food issues rise on the agenda.

We are excited to embark on this new year of work for a fairer and more sustainable food system with your ongoing support! We would love it if you considered becoming a Nourish member, and it would help us be even more effective.


Make Scotland a #GoodFoodNation: update
We published a series of blog posts last month explaining why the Good Food Nation Bill is an important opportunity to transform our food system so that it works for everyone. If you missed them, you can catch up here.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our crowdfunder, we were delighted to raise a grand total of £4412.

We're expecting the consultation on the Good Food Nation Bill to start in the next few months.  At the moment few of our decision-makers are talking about the Bill so we need your help to put it higher on their agenda. Please get involved and contact your representatives. There are many different ways to do this – letter or email, or even in person. You can find plenty of resources to help you take this step, including a template letter, on our website.

Update from the Oxford Real Farming Conference
Last week we again went down to the annual Oxford Real Farming Conference –the inspiring and ever-growing gathering of the UK food movement, with this year, interestingly, a Q&A with Michael Gove. The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs held a very encouraging discourse. However, his tone was rather different across the street at the Oxford Farming Conference in front of all the big farmers and agro-industry - as discussed by Natalie Bennett here.

There was a good delegation from Scotland too, and Pete Ritchie hosted a session on the up-coming Good Food Nation Bill, asking participants from across the UK what they would want to see in the Bill. Ideas raised included statutory “local food policy councils” and true cost accounting for food. All the session recordings will be made available on the conference website soon – highly recommended for those who couldn’t make it down! (Time for a Scottish version soon?!)


Making a Living from Local Food

We are pleased to announce that applications for our Making a Living from Local Food programme 2018 are now open. For the third year running, we will be offering mentoring and peer-to-peer-support to 15-20 aspiring and recently established local food entrepreneurs from across Scotland. The programme runs for 10 months from February to November 2018. The application deadline is Monday the 29th of January. You can find more information and how to apply here. Please do share this opportunity with your networks.

Peas Please: our campaign for more VEG advertising

Peas Please will very soon be launching a new campaign calling for more veg advertising, please take part! On 18th January, we will cover British high streets, schools, and other iconic venues with the veg advert that won a competition we ran last year. We are doing this because although vegetables are a critically important food for our health, only 1.2% of all UK food & drink advertising is spent on veg. The aim of this launch day is to raise awareness about the need for more positive advertising for veg. We will also unveil our plans to address this issue. Can you help us get lots of visibility and social media activity? If you can display posters in your business / workplace / neighbourhood on launch day please email Alex Ward to be added onto the info pack distribution list. And if you see our veg ad somewhere, do tweet about it using our #PeasPlease hashtag!


Dignity in practice: report launches coming soon

Throughout 2017 we worked with the Poverty Truth Commission as well as community food providers throughout Scotland on the Dignity Project. We’ve now drawn together our learning in a report, which we hope will serve as a practical resource for community food initiatives to think about what dignity looks like in practice and how this can be achieved. We will launch the report at various community-led Burns Suppers in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Elgin at the end of this month. Get in touch with Olga if you would like to host or attend one of these events, or want to find out  more.


Towards a Nitrogen Budget for Scotland

In November we hosted a seminar entitled 'A Nitrogen Budget for Scotland', which was very well attended by a mix of representatives from the scientific, farming, public, and environmental sectors. Thanks to our friend and film-maker Peter Ross, we are able to share the videos of the presentations made by Prof Mark Sutton and Dr Ulli Dragosits. Their slides and the summary report of the discussions that followed their presentations are also available. And those who want more background information on the nitrogen issue will find a very helpful briefing we made a while ago. Everything can be found here.



Brexit's four hot potatoes
Our friends at Sustain wrote this piece about the food issues that will be high on the agenda in this new year. "Four food Brexit issues will hit the stands in 2018. They illustrate why politics, finance and food are being increasingly entangled, and why a new vision, policies and partnerships are needed." Read on here.

Power of Food Festival 
This festival of celebration of community food growing will be back on June 16-17th June 2018. The Festival team warmly invites everyone who believes in the power of food to foster positive change to join them on 29th January. On that evening, there will be soup, previous participants of previous Power of Food Festivals will share their personal experiences of the Festival, and Gillian Rodger from Slow Food Youth Network will give a special talk about the Ark of Taste. More info and sign up here.
New Dean Organic Fund will offer interest-free loans to organic farmers
The Organic Research Centre is inviting applications for interest-free, unsecured loans from organic farmers and food producers who wish to expand their enterprises by investing in equipment or stock or would benefit from other working capital. Further details and application packs are available through the Organic Research Centre’s website: or by email to Nic Lampkin on

Movements Builders training
Applications are open for NEON’s Movement Builders programme, a 5 day intensive training course for people working towards big systemic change. The aim of the training is to help you to think about the role of movements in leading change and learn from the world’s most effective groups, leaving you with analysis and tactics to apply to your own organising work. More information here.

Upcoming events
Keep an eye on the calendar on our website for interesting food-related events **here**

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