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Nourish Scotlands sustainable food network. Background Formed October 2009 at Dunbar gathering: Eat more of what we grow, grow more of what we eat National.

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1 Nourish Scotlands sustainable food network

2 Background Formed October 2009 at Dunbar gathering: Eat more of what we grow, grow more of what we eat National conferences Stirling 2010, Glasgow 2011, Edinburgh people across Scotland signed up on ning site. Board of 9, constituted as Community Interest Company

3 Whats the problem? We are the fattest people in Europe, and we die four years younger than the average While we export food all over the world, we have food banks and hunger in Scotland The pattern of rural land ownership is medieval, in the cities thousands of people cant get allotments Farm subsidies are disconnected from public goods such as biodiversity, carbon sequestration, animal welfare and water quality. Most farms are disconnected from the local food economy, food system is focused on profit, not people and planet

4 Nourish exists to: build a platform that influences thinking and enables shared action across all sectors of society; research into and develop new models of food production, distribution and supply; share information and best practice; advocate for change where it is needed.

5 Our aims, working alongside others, are to: Change what we eat: Change how we farm Change local food economies Change local and national government policy

6 Land Reform position Food sovereignty principles Right to public goods over all land 10,000 new crofts in South of Scotland 50,000 more allotments Zone periurban land for food production, more rural housing, Scottish land portfolio, better use of public land, Schumacher centres, land value tax

7 Food sovereignty Focuses on food for people Values food providers Localises food systems Makes decisions locally Builds knowledge and skills Works with nature

8 Small is productive Many studies have also confirmed the inverse relationship between farm size and productivity per hectare. Small farmers are characterized by smaller applications of capital but higher use of labour and other family-owned inputs, and a generally higher index of cropping intensity and diversification. The inverse relationship between farms size and productivity is a powerful rationale for land reform policies, including land redistribution for both efficiency and equity gains. International Fund for Agricultural Development 2009

9 Public goods from land Those who manage land in Scotland should do so on behalf of the Scottish people as a whole, including future generations All owners of land should be accountable for delivering public goods – biodiversity, ecosystem services, access and recreation, land-based employment, sustainably produced food Land managers delivering less than baseline public goods would have to compensate society for misuse or loss of natural capital, and in extreme cases would forfeit the right to manage land


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