Backed by experts, political leaders and the Church of Scotland, the new sustainable food group, Nourish Scotland, is launching a campaign for everyone to have a legal right to food. This should enable foodbanks to ”disappear from Scotland like snow off a dyke”, it suggests.
UK proposals to expand the foodbank network for handouts to the hungry are rejected as “deeply flawed” because they cannot solve the problem. The poor should not have to depend on charity and waste food that others don’t want, the group says.
Nourish Scotland was set up as a community company in 2012 to “to create a fairer and more sustainable food system in Scotland”. Part-funded by the Scottish Government, it’s headed by Pete Ritchie, an organic farmer in Lamancha, south of Edinburgh.
He pointed out that tens of thousands of Scottish households worry every week about having enough food to eat. “We think everyone in Scotland should have the right to a decent diet – enough good food for them and their family to be healthy,” he said.
“Food banks are not a solution. Even in countries like Canada where they’ve been going for 30 years, they only serve a fraction of the people who are hungry. We want an approach to hunger and food insecurity based on rights, not charity.”