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Good Food Nation policy

Good Food Nation, published in 2014, is the next phase of Scotland's National Food and Drink Policy Recipe for Success, published in June 2009.

We created the policy to outline our vision for Scottish food and drink, encompassing health, environmental sustainability, social justice, knowledge and prosperity.


Our vision is for Scotland to become a 'Good Food Nation' where people benefit from and take pride and pleasure in the food they produce, buy, serve and eat each day. In this vision:

  • it is the norm for Scots to take a keen interest in their food, to know what constitutes good food, and to seek it out whenever they can
  • people who serve and sell food – including schools, hospitals, retailers, cafes and restaurants – are committed to serving and selling good food
  • everyone in Scotland has access to the healthy and nutritious food they need
  • dietary-related diseases and the environmental impact of our food consumption are in decline
  • Scottish producers ensure that what they produce is increasingly healthy and environmentally sound
  • food companies are a thriving feature of the economy and places where people want to work
  • other countries look to Scotland to learn how to become a 'Good Food Nation'

We created the Food Commission to provide evidence-based advice on what measures we should take to achieve this vision by 2025.


We first proposed the Good Food Nation policy in June 2014.

Between June and October 2014 we undertook a public consultation on the policy. We have published an: