David Thomson gives an introduction to the first ever Food & Drink Policy in Scotland, based on the report of the Food & Drink Leadership Forum which has five workstreams (sustainable economic growth, health & sustainability framework, celebrating Scotland’s reputation, getting public sector procurement right, and secure and resilient food systems). He mentions the business development programme, launched by Scotland Food & Drink, Sainsbury's and the Scottish Government, designed to help food and drink producers secure lucrative supermarket listings. David invites the local food movement to engage in monitoring the delivery of the policy and invites the participants to attend a National Conference in the new year. This engagement is vital if we want to have a policy that benefits the public and not just commercial interests. During the workshops, some participants commented how a local food movement network is necessary to lobby and monitor the implementation of the Food & Drink Policy, since the supermarkets and other sectors have their lobby groups with representatives sitting on numerous government committees responsible for dealing with food issues.
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