Ein syniad mawr | Our big idea

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Rydym yn ysgrifennu Maniffesto Bwyd i Gymru a fydd yn nodi camau y gallai Llywodraeth Cymru eu cymryd i greu system fwyd sy’n well.

Mae bwyd yn rhan sylfaenol o ddatblygu cynaliadwy, felly bydd y Maniffesto yn mapio’n agos i Ddeddf Llesiant Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol (Cymru) 2015, sy’n ei gwneud yn ofyniad cyfreithiol i gyrff cyhoeddus yng Nghymru i ystyried lles economaidd, cymdeithasol, amgylcheddol a diwylliannol Cymru, ac i weithredu yn unol ag egwyddorion datblygu cynaliadwy.

Mae’r Ddeddf yn nodi saith gôl lles a fydd yn helpu sefydliadau gyflawni:

  1. Cymru lewyrchus
  2. Cymru gwydn
  3. Cymru iachach
  4. Cymru fwy cyfartal
  5. Cymru o gymunedau cydlynol
  6. Cymru o ddiwylliant bywiog a ffyniannus iaith Gymraeg
  7. Cymru sy’n gyfrifol yn fyd-eang

Bydd bwyd yn chwarae rhan amlwg a phwysig wrth gyflawni pob nod. Bydd y Maniffesto Bwyd yn esbonio sut, a pham ei fod yn bwysig.

Bydd drafftiau o’r Maniffesto yn cael eu postio yma wrth iddo ddatblygu. Yn y cyfamser, a fyddech cystal ag anfon eich cwestiynau, syniadau, sylwadau a cheisiadau i gydlynwyr y Maniffesto yn helo@maniffestobwyd.cymru.


We’re writing a Food Manifesto that will identify actions the Welsh Government could take to create a better food system.

Food is a fundamental part of sustainable development, so the Manifesto will map closely to the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, which makes it a legal requirement for public bodies in Wales to consider the economic, social, environmental and cultural wellbeing of Wales, and act in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.

The Act sets out seven well-being goals that will help organisations achieve a:

  1. Prosperous Wales
  2. Resilient Wales
  3. Healthier Wales
  4. More equal Wales
  5. Wales of cohesive communities
  6. Wales of vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language
  7. Globally responsible Wales

Food plays a clear and important role in achieving each goal.  The Food Manifesto will explain how, and why it matters.

Drafts of the Manifesto will be posted here as it develops. Meanwhile, please send your questions, ideas, comments and requests to Manifesto coordinators at hello@foodmanifesto.wales.


4 thoughts on “Ein syniad mawr | Our big idea

  1. Pamela Mason says:

    Wales should consider developing sustainable dietary guidelines. Like most existing dietary guidelines, dietary guidelines in the UK have a narrow view of how diet relates to health. In essence, they restrict the concept of diet to the amounts of nutrients contained in foods and the concept of health to the presence or absence of diseases caused by the lack or excess of of one or more nutrients in the diet. While the amounts of nutrients in foods and diets is of course relevant for health, this is only one of the characteristics of diets that are relevant to disease, health and well-being.

    Foods and diets are more than carriers of nutrients. Foods are produced, transformed and supplied within food systems whose characteristics influence health through their impact on society and the environment. Food systems can be socially and environmentally sustainable promoting justice and protection of the living world. Alternatively they can create many types of inequity and threats to natural resources and biodiversity. At a social level, the context of eating, like when, why, where and with whom meals are consumed as well as the symbolic and emotional values of foods, dishes and meals contribute to the enjoyment of eating, the building of memories and customs and the strengthening of relationships and connections, all of which are important to health and well-being.

    Conventional dietary guidelines treat foods as mere carriers of nutrients, so understating the relationship between diet and well-being. They treat foods as mere carriers of nutrient, overlook the cultural dimensions of diet and typically fail to consider the link between diet and the social and environmental sustainability of food systems. Healthy, sustainable dietary guidelines derive from socially and environmentally sustainable food systems.

    In Wales, we need sustainable dietary guidelines that take into account not only the nutrient content of food and diet, but also the impact of the means of production and distribution of food on social justice and environmental integrity. The Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 is about improving the social, environmental, economic and cultural well-being of Wales and sustainability must be embedded into everything public sector bodies in Wales do. Given that food is essential to, and at the centre of, life sustainability should also be built into the food system across Wales. Sustainable Dietary Guidelines would help to improve the availability of healthy, sustainable food choices and hence, over time, a more sustainable food system fit for the 21st century.


  2. John Clements says:

    Food is at the forefront, the peak of human well-being. Think about it: what else do we do, on average, three times a day? For many households, more is spent on food than any other single expense, besides perhaps housing. And we put it into our bodies! It is a truly intimate part of our daily existence. Hospitality that incorporates food is also the surest way towards friendship!

    And yet, increasingly, mainstream culture has commodotised food, with the result that most consumers are anything but well-served by what they put into their bodies, in the name of food. It’s about convenience and cost—not health, wellness let alone the joys of food preparation. Unless we develop a food system that addresses this abject commodotisation of food, we risk tinkering around the edges. The shareholder-driven economy has become all-powerful: driving the pharmaeceutical-centric view of dealing with disease* with no room for the ages-old understanding of well-being driven by healthy nutritious food. (*We could also add: the accompanynig chemical pesticidal approach and its detrimental effect upon the countryside.)

    Wales, perhaps, has the opportunity, more that any other part of the UK, to buck the trend. It stands apart with a proud history of sensing when it’s populace is being taken for granted and when its destiny needs to be taken back into its own hands. Brexit provides the political ‘kairos’ — a propitious moment for action. The end of the CAP and of dependency on EU handouts. But it must not fall into the trap of allowing Westminster to take over what is a devolved responsibilty for agriculture. Wales must take charge of its destiny. It is small / independent enough to get on with it.

    Here in Llanelli, we are about to embark on the establishment of a national (global?) first with the Health and Wellness Centre, being overseen by the Arch partnership of two health trusts and a university. It is based on the possiblity of changing the paradigm from the currently unsustainable approaches to addressing disease, to whole-of-life / holistic approaches to health and wellbeing. Food and a healthy food system needs to be part of that development.

    Sadly, as long as the food industry remains commodotised, this will in practice be highly difficult. Big Food industry has a track record of complicity with the causes in the the rise of obesity and its not yet ready to give up the fight to control our lives. My own recent personal experience and broad-based research has revealed the importance of correctly realigning our understanding of nutritious food. In particular, there is a critical need to reappraise our understanding of the vital role that *healthy* fats play in keeping us healthy—and at a natural weight! And the critical role that unhealthy levels of carbs and sugars is playing in the sequence of: raised glucose levels — leading to inulin resistance — to metabolic syndrome — to inflammation — to overt disease (obesity, diabetes, hypertension etc).

    Space and time does not permit the discussion of the role of land, though it must be noted that with the One Plant Policy, Wales has demonstrated its capacity to think and act politically for itself—showing the way to others. But has the policy been implemented sufficiently well to make a difference? Others will judge.

    All of these dots need joining up! I thoroughly commend the Food Manifesto Wales approach to listening to the voices of all involved. But I wonder: what will it take to change the stasis of the last few decades?


  3. Adam York says:

    Unless serious attempt to regulate retail/multiples much else will struggle.Perhaps some room for manoevre with devolved planning powers and worth keeping application of Business Rates in sight.Any hint of taxing/rating car parking would produce significant change.Powers under devolved public health are also well worth brushing up on as NHS costs and mortality stats aren’t going away.Senedd still seems v.cautious but at least a case for action might get support.FUW+NFU Cymru both seem old school but are still a route to more clout if Welsh production is to be favoured.

    I think many decision-makers have finally twigged that laissez-faire has been a bad idea and may well be a bit more ready for intervention.Eg I’m not sure abolishing the Milk Mkting Board or free of charge ADAS would look so clever any more.Getting waylaid by higher food price accusations is a red herring ultimately,the issues are getting value/nutrient rich food and the public being well paid enough to buy it (while currently being screwed via post 2008 housing/rent/asset scam).Politicians are however easily+understandably spooked by fear of food price rises.

    Supporting smaller producers while the mainstream mkt moves further away feels like sticking plaster/tokenism.Latest UK data on diets and Aldi/Lidl mkt share is sobering. Producers want a real mkt with prices that enable profitability+jobs.Far too many marginal mkts right across the UK.

    Arable,particularly grain,seems stunted in Cymru.Welsh Grain Forum is a ray of light but most production seems basically animal porridge with little vision of mkts for human consumption(where the mkt will have to go/is v.slowly going).Plenty of arable friendly land in S.Pembs+Vale of Glamorgan.An arable version of Puffin for grain might be an aspiration with a brand to match Blas y Tir?

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