Views from the public on the Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill have been invited by a committee of MSPs as they begin their scrutiny of the bill.

The Rural Affairs, Islands & Natural Environment Committee has begun its stage 1 consideration of the Scottish Government bill, which requires ministers and certain public bodies to create Good Food Nation Plans to advance the Government's vision of Scotland as a Good Food Nation. The plans are intended to ensure greater policy coordination and to set out the desired outcomes, clear actions for Government and public bodies to take, and indicators through which progress will be measured.

The committee’s focus is to ensure the bill provides the best framework to make this vision a reality.

Committee convener Finlay Carson MSP commented: "Food plays an integral part in all our lives and can have a transformative impact on people’s health and wellbeing, as well as being a key part of our economy, so it’s important that we get this right. This bill provides an opportunity for policy coordination across the public sectors to help create a food system that works for the people of Scotland.

"We want to hear the views of interested individuals and organisations from right across Scotland to fully understand the impact the bill will have. Will the proposals set out in the bill legislation help the Scottish Government achieve its aims?"

Click here to access the bill and related documents. Views are invited until 5 January 2022.