Category Archives: Food & Drink

Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight 2016

We are in the midst of the annual celebration of Scotland’s larder – our Food and Drink fortnight, 3-18th September. This year the celebration is highlighting the hard work of fishermen and farmers in Scotland, whose efforts underpin the brilliant … Continue reading

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VOTE REMAIN – THE ENVIRONMENTAL ARGUMENT

The EU plays a significant role in facilitating Scotland’s leadership on climate change and energy issues. At the Paris Summit the sense of excitement was palpable, and while it is acknowledged that America and China paved the way for the … Continue reading

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NFUS Hustings – rural issues this election

I was delighted to take part in the NFUS Forth and Clyde hustings last week. I am determined to raise awareness of and tackle the challenges of rural Scotland, both as I live in the heart of rural Clydesdale and … Continue reading

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Fair Trade Breakfast

        As Martin Luther King famously said, ‘before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world’.  However ironically the people that we depend on the most to provide us with … Continue reading

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Holyrood’s Apple Day 2015

Holyrood’s Apple Day has been a calendar highlight for four years now, and the event this week was no different. I was delighted to be asked to co-sponsor the event, and there was excellent attendance of school children, MSPs, and apple … Continue reading

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Clyde Valley Fruit Day

I am delighted that once again, this year, I will be able to attend the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnerships annual fruit day at Overton Farm, Crossford on the 3rd of October. At the beginning of summer I had … Continue reading

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Wonderful visit to Whitmuir Organic Farm

Sarah Boyack MSP and I were welcomed to Whitmuir Organic Farm by Pete Richie and Heather Anderson. We spent a few really informative hours visiting the farm and shop as well as having a delicious lunch in the café. The … Continue reading

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The Royal Highland Show 2015

The Royal Highland Show is a showcase of Scottish farming, food and countryside. It is always a wonderful occasion, and I have been lucky enough to visit it as an MSP for a number of years, along with hundreds of … Continue reading

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Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee visit to Orkney

Last week I joined my colleagues on the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment (RACCE) Committee on a trip to the beautiful isles of Orkney. The trip marked the beginning of the evidence gathering sessions on land reform, in order … Continue reading

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Celebrating Scotch Whisky

At the latest meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Whisky, I was pleased to be elected as Deputy Convener of the Group. Scotch Whisky is an incredibly important industry for Scotland.  Figures produced by industry body, the … Continue reading

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