Global Environment & Society Academy

The Politics of Food & Nutrition

With this seminar Dr Antonio Ioris, School of Geosciences brought together academics, policy-makers and civil society organizations to discuss and examine the multiple socio-economic, environmental and health-related dimensions of food and nutrition.

The Future of Our Food: Resilience, Security and Justice in a Global Context

Food banks boomed by 300% last year in Scotland waste is a catastrophic failure of political leadership

Mike SmallFife Diet

Throughout the day participants explored inter-scale connections, from Scotland and the UK to the international context, and addressed the following questions:

How are nutrition and food questions mediated by social and political inequalities? What are the prospects for food security in the current agri-food context? What roles do alternative responses and movements play in challenging food cultures? Does current policy-making adequately address the politics of food, health and nutrition?


The day began with Keynote speaker Mike Small, Fife Diet, followed by an array of Practitioners and Academics

Wendy Wrieden, Human Nutrition Research Centre, Newcastle University

Karen Barton, Centre for Public Health Nutrition Research, University of Dundee

Bill Gray, Community Food & Health Scotland, NHS Health Scotland

Liz Dinnie, Foodscapes Project, James Hutton Institute

Nicholas Nisbett, Institute of Development Studies

Peter Faassen de Heer, Chief Medical Officer and Public Health Directorate, Scottish Government

Valeria Skafida, University of Edinburgh

Pete Ritchie, Nourish Scotland

Cesar Revoredo, Scotland’s Rural College