Policy work

Our priorities and what we do

Climate change, resource depletion and epidemic levels of diet related ill-health are forcing us to look at how we produce and consume food. Soil Association Scotland works on these issues from a uniquely Scottish perspective, to provide workable solutions and gain public and business support for their implementation. We campaign for: 

Organic and sustainable food and farming

Organic and sustainable farming systems which reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support local jobs,business and communities, are better for wildlief and biodiversity and protect vital natural resources.  

Healthy and sustainable food when eating out for work or play

More healthy and sustainable food served in our schools, hospitals and other public institutions, and systems which reconnect our towns and cities with

local and organic food production. 

Good food is a right not a privilege

Increasing the availability and affordability of fresh, seasonal, local and organic food for everyone, and food education from an early age which encourages

life-long positive eating habits and sustainable food choices. 

Supporting organic supply chains and business development

More joined-up support for Scottish organic businesses, right through the supply chain from field to plate. 

 

We aim to ensure that these priorities are firmly embedded in national and local policies by working closely with the Scottish Government, local authorities, government agencies and industry bodies. We want to ensure these priorities are properly resourced and supported.

 

Scottish Organic Forum

We are members of the Scottish Organic Forum, along with the other organic trade organisations in Scotland. We meet four times a year to ensure that we address current challenges and opportunities facing the organic sector in Scotland. Our aim is to have a clear voice and strong direction of travel for developing and supporting the organic sector in Scotland.

 

Notes from previous meetings are available on the Scottish Government website. If you have any issues or ideas that you want to raise, please get in touch so we can get it onto the next agenda. Twice a year, the meetings are open to everyone interested in developing the sector.

Scottish Organic Action plan

Along with the Scottish Government, the Scottish Organic Forum produced an Organic Action Plan, 2013 - 2015. On launching this new version in May 2013, Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Organic businesses play a crucial role in Scotland’s economy. It is important we help to enhance their reputation, open up new market opportunities and encourage more to get involved.”

 

This is a living document, and the next action plan will be developed late 2014 / early 2015. Please have a think about what you would like to see in there, and do get in touch with suggestions. 

Keep up-to-date

You can keep up-to-date with our latest news, including campaigns and events, and new developments in the world of organic and sustainable food and farming by:

 

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Following @SoilAssocScot on Twitter 

Learning from Denmark

Denmark has become a global leader in organic food and farming and our case study shows how, with the right vision and support, Scotland could benefit from similar success. An amazing 98% of Danish consumers recognise Denmark’s official organic symbol making it one of the most high profile and trusted brands in the country. Find out more about how Scotland can put learning from its Nordic neighbour into practice by reading our case study. Find our other policy reports. 

About us

Our members and symbol holders provide a powerful voice for change. Join The Soil Association as a member and support our campaigns and our programmes of work including Crofting Connections and Food for Life Scotland.

 

If you are a food business, find out more the benefits of becoming a Soil Association symbol holder.

 

Any other groups or organisations are very welcome to get in touch to work out ways to help us deliver all the work we do. 

Our responses to policy consultations

CAP reform 2014-2020