Proposed Right to Food Bill

This week Elaine Smith MSP lodged a proposal for a bill to enshrine the Right to Food into law in Scotland. We all have a right to food, but while it is recognised internationally it is a right so many people in Scotland are seeing go unfulfilled.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought Scotland’s food system into sharp focus. Food insecurity has been experienced by more families in Scotland, with people losing their income suddenly and being left with too little to meet their basic needs, and with others experiencing physical food insecurity because the normal methods by which they acquire their food are disrupted, for example if they have been shielding.

Supporting the proposal, Iain Gray MSP said:

“This proposed bill is an opportunity to shape the approach that Scotland takes to food going forward. The outcome of this consultation will play a big role in shaping the principles which guide our food system.

“I’m urging local groups and individuals concerned with food poverty to respond to the consultation on the proposal by the closing date on 15 September 2020.”

To find out more information, including how to respond to the consultation, please visit or