The latest Scottish Health Survey made grim reading. As a nation we need to be eating more fruit and vegetables but the reality is, we are actually eating less. That stark reality will be on the table at the Veg Summit in Edinburgh. Chaired by Taste Founder Stephen Jardine, it will challenge caterers, restaurants, manufacturers and retailers to do more to help consumers make good food choices. Speakers at the event include health experts, campaigners, caterers and Scotland’s Minister for Public Health.
On average, most adults in Scotland currently eat three portions of vegetables a day, down from 3.3 portions two years ago and well below the recommended 5-a-day. According to the public health survey, only 20% of people manage to eat 5-a-day while around 12% don’t consume any at all. That shortfall has serious implications for the nation’s health.
Pete Ritchie, Director of Nourish Scotland, one of the partners behind the Veg Summit said: “Five a day is one of the most recognised health messages in the world. But we’re still not doing it. In fact, 80 per cent of adults in the UK aren’t eating enough veg. So we have founded this summit to campaign for change.
“We recognise that it is the food system that needs to change to support consumers to make healthier choices. We have collaborated with over 150 organisations including growers, wholesalers, manufacturers, retailers, restaurateurs, fast-food chains, experts and government to identify the food system challenges to veg consumption and find ways in which these barriers can be overcome.”
More information on the Veg Summit here: http://www.nourishscotland.org/event/vegetable-summit-scotland/