Health and environmental sustainability are key challenges for Scotland in the 21st centry. Scotland's poor diet-related health record and the need to meet ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets and make the transition to a low carbon economy sharpen the need to develop a food system in Scotland that joins together actions to address health and environmental sustainability, so that initiatives to address one do not have unintended impacts on the other.
There are many potential business benefits of joining together thinking on health and environmental sustainability, including lower production costs (due to improved efficiency) and long term resilience (due to improved protection against future risks and shocks to the supply chain).
The Framework provides a structured way of thinking to help decision makers address complex health and environmental sustainability challenges in a joined up way.
The Framework is a work in progress. Its development to date has involved a good deal of collaborative effort, to benefit from the experience, insight and expertise of a range of experts. The next step is to gather feedback on use of the Framework from a cross-section of decision makers in Scotland's food and drink system.