A tale of two countries

Eva Schonveld
26th May, 2015

Whichever side of the Border you live, it is the best of times for the haves, and the worst of times for the have-nots. But the two governments north and south have very different views about why this is happening and what to do about it. Since the Scottish Primavera, it’s not just policies which have diverged; increasingly, there is a different narrative and worldview north of the Border.

Take food: Holyrood’s resolutely anti-GM while Westminster wants farmers to have the choice to grow GM crops. Westminster’s overall approach to food policy is laissez-faire; while the Scottish...

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Why is Scotland so shy about growing her own seeds?

Fergus Walker
7th May, 2015


seed kist

Convening a national seed gathering to move towards greater seed sovereignty for Scotland

Seeds are the starting point for almost all the vegetables we eat, and in terms of food sovereignty, seeds (next after land) are the most powerful resource we need to keep within our control. In Scotland at the moment, this isn’t the case – but we...

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Food Sovereignty: A Scottish Context

Mags Hall
14th April, 2015


Food Sovereignty was first proposed by the international peasants’ movement La Via Campesina in 1996. At its heart, it asserts that the people who produce and consume our food should be at the heart of our food system, rather than allowing global agribusiness to control the supply of this essential resource, exposing our food system...

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Common Good Food

Fergus Walker
7th March, 2015


Wild garlic harvest

As the days lengthen, the buds are budding and we prepare to enter what is traditionally known as the hungry gap, I am pleased to announce the formation of this new organisation, Common Good Food, which has its roots in the ground-breaking Fife Diet project.

Common Good Food (CGF) will be an organisation with its sleeves rolled up and its...

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