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“Give us this day our daily bread” – but how?

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In a 21st Century Food Policy, what should be regulated and what should be left to personal choice? Join us for a lively public debate.

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We all depend on food daily for our physical and mental wellbeing.

Our choices over what we eat are informed by many factors, including: what we know about how the food’s produced; sustainability of the environment and Climate Emergency; wellbeing of animals; whether we believe the food is safe and healthy; and what we’re willing to pay for it.

Policies have been in place for decades to regulate food production and many aspects of consumption – not only in farming, but also for supermarkets, restaurants, kitchens etc. New food policies are now being debated and developed in Scotland, the UK, in Nordic countries, and across the globe as our systems of supply-and-demand become increasingly interlinked.

At SRUC’s second public debate, we’re going to consider what should sit within 21st Century Food Policy. Some aspects might seem obvious, including: human and animal health; environmental sustainability; human rights and social justice around food availability and quality; and international trade and standards.

But what about changes we’re seeing in how our food is produced, as we become more aware of what connects what we eat to where it comes from?

We hear stories of “chlorinated chickens”. Media reports tell us that large bee populations are being threatened and distressed in the production of avocados and almonds (the latter for almond milk). Other reports show how food is already being produced in laboratories and factories, with a future of “farm-free food” where only fruit and vegetables come from the land.

So how should food policies address new technologies, new sources of protein and chemicals that we will put into our bodies, being produced in new factory environments? And as we increasingly live in a “global village”, should air miles and international suppliers’ practices be brought under Scotland’s or the UK’s Food Policies, particularly in the context of the Climate Emergency? And should our own food waste policies be linked to food poverty policies?

We’re going to hear ideas from two leading speakers:

We’ll then have the chance to ask them questions and debate amongst ourselves about what should be regulated and what should be left to personal freedom of choice.Come and join us and share your thoughts and ideas for our shared food futures!

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WHERE: Grassmarket Centre at Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QA.

WHEN: 3.15pm for 3.30pm Debate start. Debate runs from 3.30pm-5pm, followed by Reception until 7pm.

If requesting more than one ticket, please give names of additional ticket holders.

First-come, first-served. A waiting list will be established.

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