Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP, Murdo Fraser, has called on Fife Council to increase their spending on Scottish produce in school meals.
New figures from the Scottish Conservatives revealed that only 23% of the council’s school food budget was spent within Scotland.
This was amongst the lowest in the country with only five other Local Authorities sourcing a fewer proportion of products from Scotland.
The Scottish Conservatives have said that this needs to change in order to support children’s health and wellbeing and to reduce food miles.
Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said:
“It is in everyone’s interest to put more Scottish food on the plates of school pupils in Fife. Fife is home to some of the most fertile land in Scotland and there is no excuse for not using products grown and manufactured here.
“According to the figures, Fife Council even spent money on raspberries from Serbia and Poland despite being one of the nation’s top berry producers.
“These figures show that a substantial amount of school food is still travelling thousands of miles before reaching a child’s plate.
“One of the key elements in tackling health inequalities should be ensuring that high quality Scottish produce makes its way to dining halls across Fife and I would encourage the council to increase the amount currently purchased from Scottish farmers.”