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Food Futures

From primary production, through processing and manufacture to consumption, there is a need to ensure that we have a secure supply of safe, high quality food. Food is fundamental to the wellbeing of Scotland because it impacts not only on our economy, but also our culture, health and environment.

Follow the links below to read about our work on the topic of Food Futures.

Latest Food Futures Work 

Urban food systems in the Central Belt

Allotment photo taken by  John Lord

This research briefing enquires on the contribution of community gardening to urban food security and sustainable urban food systems in the Central Belt of Scotland. It describes challenges and opportunities regarding community food growing projects in Scottish urban food systems.






Horticultural Food Waste in Scotland (2018)

Egg stallThis research briefing by SRUC as well as colleagues from the University of Edinburgh and University College Dublin focuses on how food supply chain improvements can reduce food waste from Scottish fruit and vegetable farms




An analysis of the demand for fresh fruit in Scotland (2015)


This study analysed how demand for fresh fruits in Scotland changes when price and income change. Demand for grapes and soft fruits changed more when price and income changed than demand for citrus fruits, apples and pears and bananas. Reducing the price of grapes and soft fruits may help to encourage more people to purchase them, leading to dietary improvements.


Campylobacter in chicken flocks: The issues and views of the disease and its control (2015)

Chicks The bacteria Campylobacter, is one of the biggest causes of food poisoning in the UK and arises from the consumption or handling of chicken or chicken portions. However, uncertainty within the industry that Campylobacter can be controlled by biosecurity measures may undermine attempts to bring all farmers up to the best standards in terms of compliance and bio secure

Comparing productivity in the milk production and processing sectors (2014)

Cows at milking

Between 2000 and 2010, productivity and the rate of technology uptake
fell in the dairy production sector. In the milk processing sector, overall
productivity fell slightly during this period, whereas there was positive technical change (reflecting the adoption of innovative practices) and efficiency change (reflecting improving business efficiency rates), indicating improving uptake of technologies.


Dr Jane Atterton

Rural Policy Centre Manager and Policy Researcher

Address: Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG.

Telephone: 0131 535 4256

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