Policy and campaigns

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 systems which reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support local jobs, businesses and communities, are better for wildlife and biodiversity and protect vital natural resources.

More healthy and sustainable food served in our public institutions including schools and hospitals, and places where we eat out such as work-place canteens and visitor centres.

Good food is a right not a privilege - better availability and affordability of fresh, seasonal, local and organic food for everyone, and systems which reconnect our towns and cities with local and organic food production.

Food education from an early age to encourage life-long positive eating habits and sustainable food choices.

Support for Scottish organic businesses, right through the supply chain from field to plate.

Research and innovation to inform knowledge-based development of organic food and farming systems.

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 the plan, and do get in touch with suggestions. 

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.

Organic farming for small scale producers
Read the research study to investigate the feasibility of organic farming for small scale producers, focusing on Scotland’s more remote areas. The study, which was carried out with producers around Scotland, explores the challenges from a practical perspective, and looks and appropriate support measures and development opportunities.