Seminar – One Planet Food: Feeding Scotland Responsibly in a Changing World, Thursday 21 January 2010, Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot Watt University, Cedar Suite 10am to 4.30pm.

The event links issues of food security and sustainable food production in Scotland with global food sovereignty and climate change.

Pete Ritchie, One Planet Food, said: “Our current food system is an example of market failure on a global scale. A radical transformation is both desirable and possible.

“We see food as a public good not simply a tradable commodity and we argue for greater democratic control of food production and distribution at community, regional and national level.”

One Planet Food is organising the above seminar in the light of the new National Food and Drink Policy for Scotland and builds on recommendations of the Leadership Forum Report: “More work should be done to understand Scotland’s place in this global picture and how we can contribute to, and possibly lead, the agenda.”

Speakers include:

Reverend Professor David Atkinson, chair of Workstream 5 of the National Food and Drink PolicyPatrick Mulvany, chair of the UK Food Group and Senior Policy Advisor for Practical ActionTom Macmillan, Food Ethics CouncilIvonne Yánez, Acción Ecológica in Ecuador (tbc)

To book a place at the event, contact Pete Ritchie or Teresa Martinez, One Planet Food.
T:01337 858838
E: pete@whitmuirtheorganicplace.co.uk
E: teresa@centreforstewardship.org.uk

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Per Fischer, Press Office, Friends of the Earth Scotland
T: 0131 243 2719

Notes to editors

One Planet Food: Feeding Scotland Responsibly in a Changing World is an event organised by One Planet Food in partnership with Friends of the Earth Scotland and the Soil Association.

Friends of the Earth Scotland is the country’s leading independent environmental campaigning organisation, and is the only organisation in Scotland that is working for environmental justice, campaigning for the planet and its people. www.foe-scotland.org.uk

One Planet Food is a project based at the Falkland Centre for Stewardship in Fife, and supported by Carnegie UK Trust and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.