Scotland to be the first to pass universal ‘right to food’ in UK
Scottish ministers are now moving to pass a landmark bill that would make right to food as a legal obligation as part of the holistic approach to address poverty, health, social and economic inequalities.
Pete Ritchie, director of food justice group Nourish Scotland and co-chair of the Scottish Food Coalition, said in a report that the right to food would mean that Scotland’s government would be mandated to protect the people’s access to affordable food.
This means that policies to be proposed should work around the principle – even social security reforms could be blocked by the government and legislators if it will pose risk and cause further food insecurity among its people.
One possible outcome if the bills is passed, small stores and establishments may be barred from imposing higher prices on essential food items like bread, milk and vegetables.
At present, the Good Food Nation Bill is still in public consultation stage, but recommendations are now with the Scottish Food Commission for review.