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Moray Labour urges support for Right to Food Bill


By Ewan Malcolm

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MORAY Labour has urged local community groups and residents to support the Right to Food Bill proposed by MSP Rhoda Grant.

Rhoda Grant's bill would make the right to food a legal requirement in Scotland. Picture: James Mackenzie
Rhoda Grant's bill would make the right to food a legal requirement in Scotland. Picture: James Mackenzie

The Highland and Islands MSP's bill would make the right to food a legal requirement in Scotland by enshrining it into Scots Law.

The Trussell Trust, which works to end food poverty in the UK, reported that it had distributed nearly 85,000 food parcels in Scotland between April and September last year.

In August, the Food Foundation reported that 10.3 per cent of Scots were experiencing food insecurity.

That has prompted Scottish Labour to call for action to tackle food poverty.

MSP Rhoda Grant said: "There is no reason at all why anyone should be going hungry in a wealthy nation like Scotland.

"The evidence is clear – thousands of Scots are in food poverty and many more are being put at risk due to Tory cuts.

"We simply cannot stand back and allow this situation to continue.

"If we have the political will we can end food poverty in Scotland by enshrining it as a human right in Scots Law.

"This will send a powerful message to the country that we are serious about tackling the scourge of food poverty and force us into action.

"Let's make this a reality."

Moray Food Plus, REAP Scotland and Transition Town Forres have all been contacted by Moray Labour to respond to Ms Grant's consultation.


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