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Vision and Aims

Vision and Aims

What does Nourish want to see?

  • that wherever you go in Scotland, you can find healthy, local, seasonal, organic food;
  • a stronger food culture, which is bringing people closer together;
  • everyone being able to afford to feed themselves and their family well;
  • people from every walk of life empowered to make better food choices;
  • a diversity of thriving small food businesses.


Nourish exists to:

  • build a platform that influences thinking and enables shared action across all sectors of society;
  • research into and develop new models of food production, distribution and supply;
  • share information and best practice;
  • advocate for change where it is needed.


Our aims, working alongside others, are to:


Change what we eat:

  • by making it easier for people to choose sustainable local, seasonal foods both at home and when eating out;
  • by raising awareness of the changes people can make in what they eat to achieve a food system which is more localised, resilient and fair;
  • by ensuring that public food takes a clear lead in promoting public health and environmental sustainability;
  • by enabling a step change in the number of people in Scotland who grow some of their own food.

Change how we farm:

  • by campaigning to create affordable access to land and support for new farmers, especially young people and women;
  • by strengthening the skills base in sustainable food production and small scale processing;
  • by dramatically increasing production based on human-scale, mixed farms located in or connected to urban areas;
  • by researching and testing new models of small to medium scale production.

Change local food economies:

  • by building right-size, mutually beneficial trading relationships – starting at local level and working out to global levels – so that the interests of micro producers, small farmers, co-operatives, larger farms and imports are in balance;
  • by exploring new ways to make food affordable to all through shorter, more resilient and more transparent supply chains;
  • by supporting and connecting existing local food networks to increase their economic impact;
  • by research and development into new economic models for production, distribution and financing of food.

Change policy:

  • by advocating for a coherent policy on food which balances consideration of food exports with consideration of public health, environmental impact, food justice, animal welfare and local food economies;
  • by arguing for the necessary changes to policy and legislation at all levels from local government to the European Union, including – for example – land reform, food subsidies, land use planning, rural development, food procurement and public health;
  • by campaigning for appropriate research and development that supports a sustainable food system.

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