Scottish Government funds and undertakes research and analysis into food and drink in the widest sense, from primary produce, and related issues such as crop disease, to consumer diet and every supply chain link in between. We also cover non-food crop production and some non-food aspects of plant health. All of this is complemented by our research on Animal Health & Welfare. The work actively integrates natural and social sciences and economics. Our main areas of research include the efficiency, resilience and sustainability of food production and supply in Scotland; improvements to plant disease prevention and control; the effect of dietary components on human health (especially obesity); consumer behaviour; improvements in the nutritional quality, safety and sustainability of food products; and opportunities for the food & drink industry.
A number of elements within the Scottish Government funded portfolio of Strategic Research are relevant to Food and Drink. The SG Food, Land and People Programme is aligned with the UK Global Food Security Programme and responds to the CAMERAS priority of Optimising the Use of Natural Assets. Within the SG Food, Land and People Programme, a number of Themes are relevant for Food and Drink including the Food, Health and Welfare and Healthy Safe Diets Themes. In addition, the Strategic Partnership on Food & Drink Science provides scientific evidence on food and drink to inform industry and government while the Centre of Expertise on Climate Change delivers objective, independent, integrated and authoritative evidence to support the Scottish Government in relation to its activities on climate change mitigation, adaption and transition to a low carbon economy including aspects of plant disease epidemiology and food security.
Related Policy Areas
Our Food and Drink research and analysis provides evidence which underpins Scottish Government policy in Food and Drink, Healthy Living and Farming & Rural Issues.