Diet and Healthy Weight Consultations

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 30 May 2023.

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Photo of Jenni Minto Jenni Minto Scottish National Party

I agree that we need to take a holistic approach to the issue, and that we need to support people to make the right lifestyle choices. One of the ways that the Scottish Government is moving in that direction is with the Good Food Nation (Scotland) Act 2022, which will ensure that the Scottish Government, local authorities and health boards provide good food nation plans. That is incredibly important.

The member is right that local food is a great way to do that, and not only from a food miles perspective. It adds an economic benefit for our farmers and food growers. Across Scotland, there are fantastic opportunities for local organisations, which I referenced in response to Evelyn Tweed. Communities have community gardens, which allow them to grow food. People who do that get not only healthy food but exercise, which improves general wellbeing.

The point that I have been trying to make is that we need a holistic solution to solve the problem. I am very supportive of local food initiatives, as well as what is happening with the 2022 act.