Scotland’s Local Food Revolution


By Mike Small

It seems fitting that in the same week that climate warming greenhouse gas reached 400 parts per million for the first time in human history and it became obvious that now – five months in – there was absolutely no sign of accountability or prosecution for the horsemeat scandal – to launch a book on efforts to radically change the food system.

The book is not about the Fife Diet, it’s about the wider movement and the response to the collapsing dysfunctional industry that thrives on maintaining  a market for super-cheap processed food and ignores the consequences to health and planet.

It looks at the horsemeat scandal and what it means for our society but also focuses on the amazing creativity and energy behind the hundreds of projects, campaigns, farmers and producers across the land who are finding a better way.

I look at the power of Big Shopping, the process of globalisation of food and the responses in building community through food, the idea of ‘living within limits’. I look also at what elements of Scottish culture and ideas can be drawn on to create a sustainable low-carbon future: what does an economy of thrift look like? How can a generalist approach inform food-policy? How do we re-locate food in place and wrestle control back from big business to develop a practical food sovereignty?

Special thanks to Carol Craig from the Centre for Confidence and Well-Being and Derek Rodger from Argyll Publishing for all their help bringing this book into being.

There will be a book launch at Word Power Books, Edinburgh on Friday 24 May 6-7 pm and at the Glad Cafe, Glasgow, Wed June 19 7-8 pm

You can buy the book from Word Power Books here.

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    The Fife Diet January 6, 2014 at 13:56

    Wow – thanks so much

  • Julie Christie December 30, 2013 at 11:25

    Highly recommend this book. It’s crammed full of reasons to change how we source our food – the chapter on community through food is inspiring!

  • Ingrid Glendinning May 11, 2013 at 12:25

    Can’t wait to read it, Mike, sounds great!
    You must have been busy doing this and all the wonderful work for Fife Diet, well done!