Good Food Nation - Youth Consultation

We need your views!

What a good food nation looks like for Scotland might be different to different people. But, we all need to eat so it affects us all. What we eat has an impact on many aspects of our lives, including our own health, our environment and our economy. And these are the issues which the Scottish Government is considering to help Scotland become a good food nation.

The Scottish Government is asking for views on their Good Food Nation public consultation. The consultation is all about what legislation (laws) we should have to achieve this. And, if you are a young person living in Scotland, or a teacher working with young people at school, college or university, we want to hear from you!

This youth consultation is now closed.  Thank you for your responses. 

How to get involved

There are two ways to get involved: 

  • If you are a teacher, you can use the information below to work with your students to enable them to make a group response to the consultation.
  • If you are a young person, you can read all the information below and answer the questions yourself.  You can go through it at home with your family too.

All young people who submit an individual response or who are part of a group response will earn 100 Young Scot points.

Information to help you respond to the consultation

The consultation is made up of just four questions. You will need to indicate whether you strongly agree through to strongly disagree with these. Then, tell us the thoughts and opinions you had that led to the answer you selected. If you are answering as a group, please provide information about the different points raised in your discussion which led to your answer.

We have put together some resources and information to help you or your group make an informed response and best represent your views:

  • Activities and Discussion Guide powerpoint. This presentation will guide you through two discussion activites and the four consultation questions.  It will help keep you on track.  We recommend you use the notes document with the powerpoint.

  • Blank consultation response form. This is a .pdf document of the online form.  Use this blank form to make a note of your group decisions and points rasied in discussion.

Once you have considered or discussed the questions and decided on your responses, you will be ready to complete the online questionnaire. You can either submit responses individually, or as a group response.


Submit your response


We will collate all the responses from young people across Scotland and provide these to the Scottish Government.


What age range should respond to this youth consultation?

Young people of upper primary, secondary, college and university age (up to 26 years) can take part.


What secondary school subjects if this consultation relevant to?

We believe that this consultation fits with learning in Geography, Modern Studies, PSE, HE, Business Studies and /or RME.


Was there a consultation a few years ago about Scotland becoming a good food nation?

Yes, there was. And this set the policy for Scotland around food and drink. The vision in this policy is: that by 2025 Scotland will be “a Good Food Nation, where people from every walk of life take pride and pleasure in, and benefit from, the food they produce, buy, cook, serve, and eat each day.”

As part of this last process, we ran a young person consultation and passed the results on to the Scottish Government. Over 1,000 Scottish young people took part - an amazing response!


What is the deadline for young people to response?

We need all your responses by 11pm on 15 April 2019 to enable us to get them to the Scottish Government before the consultation ends.


I want to respond as an individual - is that ok?

Yes. We have designed the resources to allow young people to work in groups to and discuss and understand the issues relevant to the consultation. However, it is fine to respond as an individual. You can do this through our response form or via the Scottish Government's consultation.


As a teacher, should I submit one response from my whole class, or a number of responses from smaller groups?

Either is fine. If you would prefer to collate your whole class' thoughts in one response then that is great. You can also submit more than one response, e.g. from different classes.  Remember to say how many young people were involved in each discussion and give the class name. 

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