Ein syniad mawr | Our big idea

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Click this link to read this page in English or read it in Welsh, below.

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.


2 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.


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