Good Food Digest 3

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Oxfam Scotland Campaign Day, Monday 6 June 10.00 The Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane, Glasgow

The food system is broken and it’s time to make a change.  Ever wondered where the food on your table comes from?  Ever stop to think about the millions around the world who don’t have enough food on their table? And who holds the power to make change happen?

Join Oxfam Scotland supporters and partners from across the country to find out more about Oxfam’s new global campaign on food justice. ‘Food for Thought’ is a campaign day to introduce the issues and people behind this crucial new campaign which affects us all. This event will give you the chance to find out more and share ideas about what we can do to get involved.

Come along to learn more and get involved! Lunch provided. To book your place or to find out more email scowan@oxfam.org.ukor call Sara on 0141 285 8874 please put ‘Food for Thought’ in the email subject line

GO ORGANIC The Soil Association Scotland has a great resource on its site with info for consumers on where your nearest organic veg box is to details on how to have a farm visit. There’s also a sourcing directory for caterers wanting to use local & organic produce. Go here for all the details.

STORM DAMAGE

Fife’s farmers are struggling after storm damage hit polytunnels, crops, machinery and outhouses across the region.

The NFUs Allan Bowie said: “As feedback arrives into to our national and regional offices, it is clear that the damage done by Monday’s storm was considerable and the cost involved in rebuilding, replacing and repairing will be huge. Given that polytunnels are temporary structures, they are unlikely to have been insured and it is farm businesses that will be standing the cost of the repair bill.

Similarly, those growing crops under plastic or fleece will also have the costly and time-consuming task of gathering up ruined plastic and re-covering their plants.

The key message for those who buy our produce and the general public is that the damage is repairable, this work is being done now and that disruption to supply should be minimal.

The growth in Scotland’s soft fruit, nursery stock and vegetable sectors is a huge part of the nation’s success story on food and horticulture.  The combined output of Scottish horticulture is now worth more than £240 million each year and rising and that is something that Scotland’s specialist growers are rightly proud of.”

MEASURING WHAT MATTERS

Is GDP the best way to measure a society’s success? This approach leads to the madness of car sales being taken as an indication of economic success. Ecologically, that’s crazy.

In May a group brought together by the Carnegie UK Trust published a report on taking forward the way the Scottish Government measures progress through its National Performance Framework. Drawing on international work, the report’s authors argue that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an ‘insufficient and misleading measure of whether life in Scotland is improving or not’, and recommend that the country shift its emphasis from measuring economic production to measuring people’s well-being. The report is called , More than GDP: Measuring what Matters, and develops ideas from Joseph Stiglitz and French President Sarkozy’s Commission on the measurement of economic performance and social progress – and sets out how these ideas could be put into practice in Scotland.Go here to downlaod the report and read their 12 recommendations.

What has this got to do with food?

The current food system is all about mass production to produce and distribute very cheap food very quickly. The Fife Diet project argues that having cost as the sole metric of measurement has had disastrous consequences for our health, our social justice, our environment and our animal ethics. So new ways of thinking about measurement are going to be key in changing that way of being. New measurements in food would use questions like ‘What does this taste of’? ”What nutritional value does this food have?’ and ‘How was this grown’?