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New Highland Good Food Conversation initiative launched using funds from Transition Black Isle and The Pebble Trust to drive move towards more sustainable food

By Philip Murray

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A NEW showcase for sustainable food in the Highlands aims to drive "real action to change our food system for the better".

The Highland Good Food Conversation launched this week, and aims to bring together people interested in sustainable local food.

Jointly-funded by Transition Black Isle and The Pebble Trust, the initiative will include a Highland Good Food podcast series, which will give a platform to farmers, fishermen, crofters and food campaigners.

And a virtual conference hopes to craft a vision of what Highland food will look like by 2030.

Emma Whitham, the project manager, said: "Over the last few months we have all witnessed how precarious our food system is, and how, during this crisis it was our local food producers and retailers who innovatively and passionately rose to the challenge of getting food to us all.

"Because of this, there is a now a lot of momentum and energy in the local food sector and many are keen to see a food system that is better for the planet, better for people and better for producers. To build on this enthusiasm and awareness The Pebble Trust and Transition Black Isle have jointly funded the Highland Good Food Conversation.

"This initiative aims to bring people together from across the Highlands who are interested in sustainable local food; to develop a vision for the Highlands and identify key actions to take forward. The main purpose of the Conversation is to inspire people and facilitate real action to change our food system for the better. The Conversation launches on August 19 with phase one, which will explore the big topics around local food via a new ‘Highland Good Food’ podcast series, social media platforms and online resources through the website.

"During phase one the aim is to engage a diverse range of perspectives and learn about the different challenges and possible solutions across the sector. It will be an opportunity to hear from inspiring, progressive doers and thinkers. From farmers to food campaigners, crofters to fishermen.

"The heart of the conversation will be phase two; a virtual conference spread over five half days in early 2021. The conference will unite delegates through a common goal and vision of what good food will look (and taste) like, here in the Highlands by 2030. Key actions will be identified and phase three will be all about implementing those actions.

"This conversation provides us all with an opportunity to reimagine our food system. To work together passionately and collaboratively to make it reality. The hope is that this conversation sparks ideas and action that inspire us to believe that we can have a food system that is fair to all."

To find out more, visit www.highlandgoodfood.scot or search for ‘Highland Good Food Conversation’ on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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