MSPs welcome fresh food initiative

First Minister Alex Salmond.
First Minister Alex Salmond.

Alex Salmond MSP for Aberdeenshire East, and Christian Allard MSP for the North East, last week welcomed the Scottish Government initiative to improve food education.

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 objectsives, all food served in schools should promote healthy eating and that s chool meals should champion fresh, local, seasonable produce.

Commenting, Alex Salmond 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 the north east produces the very best food and drink in the world. Aberdeenshire 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 our 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 repeated calls to Aberdeenshire Council will see more local produce - and poultry in particular - on offer in our schools.”

Christian Allard stated: “I warmly welcome this initiative which follows other schemes such as the Seafood in Schools programme, funded by the Scottish Government, which aims to teach children why eating seafood is good for us.”