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    Scotland Consultations

    Agricultural Transition & Local Food Strategy 2021

    What’s the Issue?

    The Scottish Government is consulting on a new Agriculture Bill for Scotland – to be expected by 2023. The expectations for the new law are mixed. On the one hand side, the consultation aims to gather views on a successor for the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) “that will guide farming, food production and land use for many years to come”. On the other hand, the SNP has committed to staying in tune with the CAP.
    At the same time as the agricultural subsidy consultation, the Scottish Government has also launched a consultation for a new ‘Local Food Strategy’, which would aim to make high quality food accessible to all and promote the benefits of local food.
    Getting more clarity on the direction of agricultural and food policy in Scotland is needed and, in this sense, the two consultations are welcome. However, both consultations are failing to make clear connections between agricultural subsidies and a strategy for local food. Also, they are lacking fundamental questions on the objectives and priorities for agriculture and food policy, and, in particular, on the kind of food system that we want to see and support in Scotland.

    What are we doing?

    After the launch of our Manifesto for Change, the Landworkers’ Alliance has been lobbying the Scottish Government and Parliament for agriculture and food policies that put climate, biodiversity and equity and justice at their core. For example, we have hosted several farm visits with politicians, we have sought to boost the agroecological agenda within our coalitions (Scottish Food Coalition, Scottish Environment LINK) and, in September, we spoke to the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee of Scottish Parliament.
    We have submitted detailed responses to the two consultations and our submissions can be found here:

    How can you help?

    Both the  ‘Agricultural Transition’ and ‘Local Food for Everyone’ consultations are now closed, however if you have any questions about the consultations, our responses, or our policy and lobbying work in Scotland, please contact our Policy and Campaigns Coordinator Miranda: miranda.geelhoed@landworkersalliance.org.uk

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