Recipe for Success: Scotland's national food and drink policy, becoming a Good Food Nation

Strategy document setting out our proposed national food and drink policy up until 2025.

3. Our Future in Our Hands

This is an exciting time to live in Scotland. At the referendum in September the nation will answer the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?” The debate about the future of our country is unprecedented. In all areas of our nation’s life, people are exploring what could be possible in the years to come; food is no exception.

Ever since our first National Food and Drink Policy, Recipe for Success, launched in 2009, there has been a clear consensus on the growing importance of food issues. This has focussed both on food’s impact on policy at local, national and international level and its centrality to the wellbeing of individuals and communities. A burgeoning local food movement has emerged, considered by some to be one of the most important social movements of our times. There is a food revolution going on right here, in Scotland.

This should come as no surprise. Food is, after all, the stuff of life.

So, as we debate the future of our country, it is only right that our hopes and aspirations for food and drink should be centre stage.


Crucially, for Scotland to be a Good Food Nation there must be wholehearted participation from people in all walks of life, from throughout the country. That is why this document asks you to play your part by:

  • Giving us your views on the propositions made; and
  • Deciding what it is that you, or your organisation, can contribute to take us further on the journey towards being a Good Food Nation.

This document aims to open up a platform for conversations around the country on how Scotland will become a Good Food Nation. There will be opportunities for individuals, schools and businesses to make food related pledges with short and long term goals. We look forward to hearing your food stories, inspiring pledges, and how you think Scotland can become a Good Food Nation.



Telephone: 0300 244 9802

Scottish Government
Food, Drink and Rural Communities
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Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
EH11 3XD

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