Angus MacDonald MSP welcomes the Scottish Government ‘Better Eating, Better Learning’ initiative to improve food education

Angus MacDonald MSP has welcomed the Scottish Government initiative to improve food education.

The Better Eating, Better Learning guidance also sets out advice on how to improve children's knowledge about food and how it effects their overall health and wellbeing.

The new guidance issued focuses on helping children to make good food choices and promote healthy eating within schools. The guidance has been developed by an expert working group to promote that, among other objectives, all food served in schools should promote healthy eating and that school meals should champion fresh, local, seasonable produce.

Commenting, Angus MacDonald stated: “It is important that we take the earliest opportunities to guide our young people to live healthy lifestyles. Balanced diets have proven beneficial effects in education. It is for that reason that the Scottish Government has backed introducing free school meals for P1-3 pupils.

“We should be proud that Scotland produces the very best food and drink in the world, and boasts some of the best chefs in the country and globally recognised knowledge on nutrition. I hope that we can bring all of these things together in Falkirk district’s schools, both in the dinner hall and the classroom.

“Our local authorities have substantial food procurement contracts as a result of school meals. I hope that we will see more local produce - and poultry in particular given the admission by Falkirk Council that it sources its chicken from Thailand - on offer in our schools.”

Among the measures outlined in the report are:

  • All food served in schools should promote healthy eating
  • School meals should champion fresh, local, seasonable produce
  • Caterers and teaching staff should collaborate on food education to improve the diets of children and young people
  • Everyone involved in school food provision should understand the need for inspiring menus which take into account nutrition, health and environmental impacts
  • Feedback from children and young people should inform school food and education
  • All staff involved in school food provision and food education should have the opportunity to undertake professional training in food, health, and the environment.

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