The human right to food should be put into Scots Law to protect people from rising insecurity, a report to the Scottish government suggests.
The Scottish Human Rights Commission believes the move “would help tackle health inequalities”.
Its report was compiled for the Scottish government’s consultation on making Scotland a “good food nation”.
The government said it was committed to protecting internationally-recognised human rights.
The right to food is currently enshrined in international legislation.
The commission said this right – which involves food being accessible, adequate and available for everyone – is not being realised across Scotland.
Food insecurity is “unacceptably high”, the report said, with more than 480,500 food parcels being handed out by food banks between April 2017 and September 2018.
It continues: “Health inequalities are persistent with many