Food and drink
A new Action Plan for organic food and farming in Scotland from 2016 to 2020 has been launched.
"Organic Ambitions: Scotland’s Organic Action Plan 2016 – 2020" aims to help organic food and farming build a more sustainable future, regenerate the rural economy and conserve biodiversity and natural resources.
The Action Plan identifies the key challenges facing the development of Scottish organic food and the actions required to address them.
Over 100 people from across rural Perthshire braved the snow and ice to attend the launch of the Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER programme on 14 January.
After a spot of networking at the various stands the meeting commenced with the Local Action Group Chair, with Jackie Brierton speaking passionately about the opportunities that the Local Development Strategy offers in terms of stronger networking, collaboration, a well connected sustainable local economy with communities coming together.
A public consultation on a strategy to protect pollinating insects in Scotland is currently being run by Scottish Natural Heritage.
Scotland’s pollinators include the honey bee, bumble bees, solitary bees, wasps, hoverflies, other flies, beetles, butterflies and moths. There are concerns that environmental pressures are leading to declines in the number, diversity and geographic range of pollinators.
The 2016 BBC Food & Farming Awards are now open for entries until 24 January.
BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme is calling on people across the UK to nominate their favourite producers, workplace cooks, local markets and food heroes for the awards.
This year, the nine award categories are: