Blog by Cristina Romero Rios, Fanni Barocsi and Georgina Hill, University of Edinburgh students
We met Chelsea Marshall on a sun filled morning at the Summerhall Café to discuss her views on Food Security in Scotland. She is bright and cheerful, with a wealth of knowledge that we were grateful to tap into.
With a background in social justice and children’s rights, Chelsea has very comprehensive and compelling views on the issue of Food Security. In her opinion, Food Security can be a very broad concept and we need to be precise about its definition.
‘It matters how people engage in the conversation’ she said. It also matters what specific terms are used when describing nutritious food. When speaking with children about Food Security, she mentioned that the term ‘healthy food’ is sometimes avoided all together, because children do not associate the term ‘healthy’ with something they want to eat. Instead children might be asked what foods will help them grow big and strong. In general, people do not want to be told what to eat, and making sure people are aware of what makes a healthy meal is not enough to ensure they eat healthily.