Iain Gray MSP is urging local residents to respond to the Scottish Government consultation on Good Food Nation legislation.
Due to close on the 29th of March, the consultation seeks public views on what should be included in a new law for Scotland’s food system.
Scottish Labour have called on the Scottish Government to include a statutory right to food in the Good Food Nation bill.
Iain Gray MSP said:
“Reformation of our food system is long overdue. We advertise Scotland as a nation of food and drink and East Lothian in particular is renowned for its local produce, yet over a third of Scots worry about putting food on the table.
“An ever-increasing number of people continue to be priced out of a decent diet, forced to rely on food banks and suffering from poor nutrition. We undervalue the people who work to produce and process food, the wildlife, natural resources and farm animals that all form part of our food system. This cannot be allowed to continue.
“Scottish Labour believes there should be a statutory right to food which joins up all policies related to food and has the power to measure the government’s success in feeding its people.
“We need to work together to push for change. I urge all of my constituents in East Lothian to respond to the consultation and make their voice known.”
Those wishing to respond to the consultation can do so online by visiting: https://consult.gov.scot/food-and-drink/good-food-nation/ or by writing to:
Good Food Nation,
Food and Drink Division,
Edinburgh EH11 3XD