The big test is coming…and we’d better prepare….Or we’ll flunk the final!!
The Scottish Government has begun a discussion with a campaign called
Choosing The Right Ingredients: The Future for Food In Scotland.
I get regular news from that country because I was there last summer and it seems I’m still unpacking my impressions of the land, the people and yes the provender. My shortbread supply is low, but it’s there.
The brochure uses the friendly first person:
“I would encourage everyone in Scotland to be part of this discussion. (I WAS in Scotland, does that mean tourists can have a say?) How do we guarantee a future for Scotland where our food is wholesome, healthy and produced in an environmentally and welfare-friendly way? (Gasp! They’re using ‘welfare’ in a positive context!!!)
Then he tosses out the buzzwords: Wealthier, healthier, fairer, safer, greener, stronger.
I look forward to developing Scotland’s first National Food Policy in partnership with you all.”
RICHARD LOCHHEAD, MSP
Cabinet Sect’y for Rural Affairs and the Environment
This is how their politicians talk?
Will Mr. Lochhead really listen?
(A cynical thought: here in Marin County, the authorities like the Municipal Water District have sessions for citizens to pour out their needs for the way the open lands are used and enjoyed, only to ignore them. They realize that people are ‘happier’ if they feel like they are ‘heard’ even when their needs are ignored).
Blanish those negative thoughts. Maybe these bonnie Lies are not over the ocean.
As Marion Nestle (food guru, gadfly, goddess) puts it, “why can’t we have something like this?”
I wanna know how come there’s no mention of exercise in the brochure, since fuel and movement go together, hand in mouth…?
I looked on the web to see what our country is doing to get the conversation going…
Oh, look, our Food & Drug Administration is asking for…”comments on the best way to calculate the percent daily value (DV), and on what nutrients get displayed.”
Sounds comprehensive, huh? A little more info on the wrapper. Great.
Look a little further…we have a “North American National Food Policy Council”…it just doesn’t have the same feel to it (see for yourself).
Maybe it’s a case of smaller is better: you get to know your constituency…and our country pits its citizens against one another in the most petty of squabbles, so there’s little energy or time for the bigger tasks.
Which suits big biz just fine.
After all, if your citizens are ‘healthier, wealthier, greener, stronger’…who is going to provide welfare for the hospital /drug industrial complex? And the building industry, hell, the business of ‘growth’ in general?
YOU CAN’T MAKE HUGE PROFIT WITH SUSTAINABILITY.
And your attention span has to be longer than a few minutes.
Heaven help us.
OK, I’m not finishing on an up note.
For me the up note is: I’m going to write more, think more about food politics, and perhaps see an opportunity to make connections in Fairfax grower’s groups (if they exist yet). See if the Transition Town concept is being considered in Marin.