Food and drinks – their composition, the way in which we eat them, the way they are processed, the food patterns we consume are important for cancer prevention. The European Code against cancer highlights three main areas:

Have a healthy diet:

  • Eat plenty of whole grains, pulses, vegetables and fruits.
  • Limit high-calorie foods (foods high in sugar or fat) and avoid sugary drinks.
  • Avoid processed meat; limit red meat and foods high in salt

Yes what a long way we Scots are from achieving these food choices or anything like our Scottish dietary goals. 

Food concerns aren’t just health they span food security, poverty, equity and climate change to name a few topics and in Scotland we have an opportunity to get our views on the table.

Here Celia Nyssens from Nourish Scotland encourages us to get round the table and get our voices heard.

The SCPN are scheduling ours for next months…. All voices need to be heard

Prof Annie S. Anderson

Photo Credit: Scottish Food Coalition

For 10 weeks, until 15th April, the Scottish Food Coalition is inviting everyone in Scotland with an interest in food to do Kitchen Table Talks and shape the Good Food Nation agenda.

The Scottish Government will consult on a Good Food Nation Bill in 2018. This Bill is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address some of the big challenges we are facing. From food insecurity, to diet-related diseases, to agricultural pollution, climate change, and biodiversity decline; our food system is not working for most people, or for our planet.

If we look at health for example, our diets are pushing many of our bodies to breakpoint with raising numbers of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and various types of cancers. Consumer education is no solution, a fundamental shift to our food environments is long overdue.

The Scottish Parliament has extensive powers to address the harmful ubiquity of unhealthy food and promote healthy food environments. It is time to match action on alcohol and tobacco with action on junk food. Scotland can’t be a Good Food Nation until the healthy choice is the easy choice.

A lot of people have been getting excited about the opportunity to fundamentally rethink and change how we do food in Scotland. That is why the Scottish Food Coalition is inviting everyone in Scotland to do Kitchen Table Talks to shape the Good Food Nation Bill agenda with their priorities and concerns.

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Photo Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic for Edible Edinburgh

You can do as many Kitchen Table Talks as you want, with different groups: neighbours, extended family, colleagues, mums and sports clubs, community groups, or any other group or organisation you are part of. Everything you need to do a Kitchen Table Talk is available freely here.

What are your priorities for the Good Food Nation Bill?