Presentation on theme: "Change what we eat Change how we farm Change the local food economy Change public policy at all levels."— Presentation transcript:
Change what we eat Change how we farm Change the local food economy Change public policy at all levels
Thinking the unthinkable ‘Welby’ report (December 2014): ‘food banks are here to stay – for more than the immediate future – whatever people assert.’ (cite Jack Monroe) Raise minimum wage, encourage local growing, tackle fuel premium National organisation – feeding ‘Britain’ – (but lets not institutionalise food banks) Get poor people to eat more supermarket waste food Stop smoking, learn budgeting and cooking skills “introduce people to the concept of credit, teach supermarket psychology” Christian response – no mention of secular Islamic or Sikh traditions
Nourish’s view Food poverty one facet of austerity and grotesque inequality in Scotland and UK Nutrition – like education, housing and health – is a public good. We need a mixed economy of food to provide fair nutrition We already have a right to food – needs to be part of Scots law The UN SDG goals provide a good starting point: measuring household food insecurity important Cities/local government can play an important role
Subsidies, markets Existing CAP subsidy £500m/yr not linked to public goods, inflates land values Healthy start vouchers, free school meals Externalities transferred to general public, environment, animals Rent controls, communitising utilities and ecosystem services part of social wage Citizens income: farmers as GPs
UN Sustainable development goals End poverty in all its forms everywhere End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture GOAL 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages GOAL 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all GOAL 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls GOAL 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all GOAL 7 Ensure access to aordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all GOAL 8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all GOAL 9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation GOAL 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries GOAL 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable GOAL 12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns GOAL 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts* GOAL 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development GOAL 15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertication, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss GOAL 16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build eective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels GOAL 17 Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
Food insecurity experience scale During the last 12 MONTHS, was there a time when: Q1. You were worried you would run out of food because of a lack of money or other resources? Q2. You were unable to eat healthy and nutritious food because of a lack of money or other resources? Q3. You ate only a few kinds of foods because of a lack of money or other resources? Q4. You had to skip a meal because there was not enough money or other resources to get food? Q5. You ate less than you thought you should because of a lack of money or other resources? Q6. Your household ran out of food because of a lack of money or other resources? Q7. You were hungry but did not eat because there was not enough money or other resources for food? Q8. You went without eating for a whole day because of a lack of money or other resources?
Re-purposing the farm This is not primarily about changing the behaviour of those with least power and least voice – children and people on low incomes. Yes, we need to improve food in schools and teach children better about food; and yes, we do want to ensure that people managing on a low budget have the cooking skills they need. But these useful initiatives are not enough. This is about all of us changing – government (EU, national and local), food businesses, farmers, communities, professionals. The challenge is to re-purpose the food and farming system so that, using our astonishing richness of natural resources, skilled farmers and scientific knowhow, we make it easy for everyone to eat well while enhancing natural capital in Scotland. www.nourishscotland.org.uk http://allofusfirst.org/resources/library/food-in-a-common-weal-scotland-2014/