Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming

We advocate food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.

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NFU report warns on UK self-sufficiency in food

A new report by the NFU raises concerns about the UK's self-sufficiency in food. Their figures show that the long-term decline in home produced food is set to continue, predicting that by 2040 53% of the nation's food needs will be met by produce from home farms, down from 60% currently. This, say the NFU, raises concerns for food security, employment and the economy in Britain. See Sustain's advice on supporting sustainable food here.

04/03/2015

Infected chickens across Europe causing concern

EFSA (the European Food Safety Authority) and the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) have raised concerns about anti-microbial resistance in bacteria found in chicken across Europe. Their latest report found that campylobacter is becoming resistant to front-line drugs, limiting treatment options for some of the most common food-borne infections.See Sustain's work with the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics here.

04/03/2015

Reducing food waste could save the global economy $300 billion a year

One third of all food produced in the world is wasted, at a value of more than $400 billion, according to a new report by WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme) in conjunction with the Commission on the Economy and Climate. Their report aims to highlight both the economic and environmental benefits of reducing food waste. They estimate that by 2030, a 20-50% reduction in consumer food waste could save an estimated $120-300 billion per year. Read about Sustain's food waste project FoodSave here.

04/03/2015

FSA Campylobacter Survey shows 73% of retailed raw chicken tested positive

The Food Standards Agency has published the latest set of results in its year-long survey of campylobacter on fresh chickens. Results so far show that 73% of chickens tested positive for campylobacter, with 19% testing positive for campylobacter within the highest band of contamination. The data show variation between retailers but the FSA said none of them is meeting the target for reducing campylobacter. See Sustain's work with the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics.

04/03/2015

Thousands set to get growing for the Big Dig Day 2015

Sustain's Big Dig Day 2015 takes place on 21 March 2015, and is set to involve thousands of people across the UK growing their own food
26/02/2015
The Big Dig

Harrison Catering Services pledge

Top contract caterer Harrison Catering Services have committed to serving only demonstrably sustainable fish across their 270 UK locations. Their Sustainable Fish Cities pledge will affect the 100,000 meals they cook and serve each day to schoolchildren, students and office workers.

CFC response to CAP review on online marketing

Children's Food Campaign responds to Committees on Advertising Practice review of online marketing rules

Daily Mail investigation supports calls for hospital food to be independently monitored.

The reliability of hospital food inspections is questioned after the Daily Mail reveals that they are failing to reflect concerns about the quality of patient meals

Time to come clean about hospital food

Why the government must hand responsibility for monitoring hospital food to an independent body.

Making more of the money we spend on hospital food

Why the government must apply higher standards to hospital food

Keep hospitals cooking

Why kitchens and NHS caterers are vital to improving the popularity, healthiness and sustainability of hospital food

London's pollinators: Creating a buzz in the capital

This report draws together policy and practice from national and London levels, to explore how we can ensure pollinator can thrive in London. It looks at how we can manage and improve land use in the capital to address issues as diverse as health, conservation, pollution and environmental management; and how these could contribute to helping to create a more colourful city in which both people and pollinators can thrive.
15/01/2015
London Food Link

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Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming

Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.