The Key Ideas

#51 Put in place a package of measures to ensure 'food sovereignty'

Creating food hubs and distribution systems will enable us to get more Scottish produce to more Scottish customers and so make us somewhat less reliant on imports (and will also improve the economics of the food production industry to ensure its greater sustainability). We should also sustain and support local food production by using public procurement policy. Schools, hospitals, and other public bodies should integrate procurement horizontally, with different bodies within a city or region working together. They could construct contracts for food supply in ways which best enable local suppliers to win those contracts, including making them smaller in size and applying conditions that favour local suppliers wherever possible. Whenever considering food security it is important to be aware that national and global food security is not the same thing as household food securityhouseholds in food-rich nations may themselves be food-poor.