Documenting Food Sovereignty in Scotland

Food is so important.

In the Western world every time we eat we are casting a vote, and we can choose to support local, sustainable farming, or we can choose to support multinational, multi-million pound corporations, who very often don’t have the best interests of the people or the planet at heart.

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A few years ago I didn’t think much about the food that I ate. I didn’t think about where it came from (with the exception of meat which I chose not to eat from childhood), I didn’t think about how it was produced, I didn’t really think about whether it was healthy or what positive or negative impacts it would have on my body or the environment. Over the past five or so years I have become much more interested in food production, the food industry and holistic nutrition, and I have become more aware of how broken our food system is. Monocultures (the cultivation or growth of a single crop on agricultural land) are grown for yield and conformity rather than nutritional value and taste, and they have reduced biodiversity. An overwhelming number of people don’t have access to healthy, affordable, locally grown food. So much food is flown from one side of the world to the other, only to end up being thrown in the bin. Every year Scotland alone throws away approximately 630,000 tonnes of food and drink from our homes each year, and that doesn’t include the waste from supermarkets and other stores. So many of the problems in the world like poverty and environmental issues are intrinsically and inseparably connected to what we eat and where it comes from, and that’s also one of the places where we need to look for answers.

I feel passionately that any real change begins with grassroots movements, and these are happening all over the world.  A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to get involved with a new food sovereignty charity called Common Good Food, who are working in Scotland to help people take back control of their food system on a small scale, pesticide-free, local level. I spent the whole day hanging out with them, taking photos for their website, exploring the farm which they are going to be based at, and documenting their launch party at Area C cafe in Edinburgh.

The big green and yellow chest in the photos near the end is the Seed Kist, which is like a teeny tiny local version of the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard – so cool!

If you are interested in knowing more about food sovereignty and how we can regain control of our land, seeds and diet then here are some links which you might find interesting and inspiring.


What is food sovereignty?

Via Campesina

Food is Free

An inspiring talk by guerrilla gardener Ron Finley


Overgrow the System


Grow some veg of your own!

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  • Knowing about the food is really always interesting..i think we are free to eat any food and vote for that plays a very important role in our life as well…one must support local farming…

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