Scottish Green Party

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The Scottish Green Party is an independent "Green Party" that works closely with similar parties including the Green Party of England and Wales and the Green Party in Northern Ireland. It is a full member of the European Green Party.

The current party co-convenors are Patrick Harvie and Maggie Chapman.

Since the May 2011 general election, the party has two MSPs: Patrick Harvie (Glasgow) and Alison Johnstone (Lothian).

2015 General Election Manifesto

The 2015 Manifesto can be downloaded from: http://www.scottishgreens.org.uk/westminster2015-2/

Stance on Skeptical Issues

A copy of the 2011 Holyrood manifesto can be found at: http://scot.gr/holyrood2011 (PDF)

Skeptical Voter Questionnaire

In March 2011, in the run-up to the Scottish Parliament general election, a Scottish Green Party representative responded to the Skeptical Voter questionnaire "on behalf of the SGP candidates in Lothians". This response was written based on Scottish Green Party policy at the time, and can be found on Alison Johnstone's Skeptical Voter page.

At about the same time an independent response was supplied by party co-converor Patrick Harvie.

Science and Engineering

Shortly before the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections, the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) looked at policies of the major Scottish parties, including the Scottish Green Party: http://sciencecampaign.org.uk/?page_id=4938

Organic Food

The Scottish Green Party's 2011 Holyrood manifesto mentions organic food/farming several times, including a bullet-point to:

Oppose the commercial use of GM crops and back the expansion of organic production

In the Health section of the manifesto they also state they will:

…improve the quality of food provided in hospitals and care settings, based on the ‘Food for Life’ targets on fresh, local and organic food where possible. The standard of hospital food must be improved, for nutritious, healthy food is vital to restoring any patient to full health.

It is unclear whether they are implying that organic food is more nutritious/healthy, or if they are just mentioning that they will also apply their Food for Life targets to hospital food, while also to trying to improve its quality.

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