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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Farm antibiotics campaigners welcome O’Neill Report and call for ambitious antibiotic reduction targets

The Alliance to Save our Antibiotics has welcomed todays O’Neill Report on tackling the crisis in antimicrobial resistance and calls on Defra to set ambitious targets to reduce farm antibiotic use. More

The Queen announces sugary drinks levy progress

In the Queen's Speech today, the Queen - on behalf of the Government -  announced that "legislation would be introduced to establish a soft drinks industry levy to tackle childhood obesity" and to improve life chances. The Queen's Speech marks the official opening of the new session of Parliament, and confirms the next stages of the process for the sugary drinks levy to became law in time for its planned introduction in 2018. More
18/05/2016
Sugary Drinks Duty

It’s Real Bread Week: doughing it for the kids!

From Maenclochog to Gorbals; Walthamstow to Korcula Island, passionate Real Bread Campaign supporters around the world are celebrating Real Bread Week (14-22 May) by doughing it for the kids. More
14/05/2016
Real Bread Campaign

Response to the launch of the Committee on Advertising Practice consultation on food and soft drink advertising to children

The Committee on Advertising Practice is consulting on proposals for further restrictions on the advertising to children of food and soft drink products in non-broadcast media. The consultation was launched today and is open for 10 weeks. More

Growing spaces under threat from planning law changes

Sustain member CPRE is urging supporters to join a last-ditch protest against planning law changes that could bury green and fertile land under tarmac More
13/05/2016

Keep Britain Tidy shortlisted for charity award

Posters that feature glow-in-the-dark eyes are helping to keep our streets and parks cleaner More
13/05/2016

Edinburgh city farm needs funds urgently to avert closure

After 38 years of providing local volunteers and visitors with a flavour of farm life, Gorgie City farm needs to raise £100,000 if it is to survive   More
13/05/2016

June 5 is Open Farm Sunday

Time to get the wellies out, ready for a visit -- or, if you're a farmer, there's still time to register to take part More
13/05/2016

Parliamentary Note on barriers to healthy eating

The Parliamentary Office on Science and Technology has produced a useful summary of the reasons for unhealthy diets -- and the steps that can help improve them More
13/05/2016

Tooth decay in young children declining

The number of five-year-olds with tooth decay has dropped to its lowest level in almost a decade -- but this still means that 2.5% of five-year-olds are having teeth removed because of decay More
13/05/2016

Denmark's new farming strategy upsets European Commission

Denmark has been reprimanded by the EU after passing a package of farming measures in breach of environmental rules More
13/05/2016

Gourmet babies

Baby food sales are falling in the face of a 'threat' from home-made alternatives, an industry survey reveals More
13/05/2016

Nutrition and behaviour: are people and governments buying in?

The Institute for Food, Brain and Behaviour (IFBB) 2016 lecture explored the role and obligations of different groups in ensuring that nutrition is firmly on everyone's agenda. More
11/05/2016

London food gardens potential to grow over £2 million of food

A new report published by Capital Growth has estimated the financial value of urban food growing in their London network, using data collected from hundreds of gardens on the innovative online tool - the Harvest-ometer. More
11/05/2016

New guide for urban gardeners headed to market

People growing food and looking for practical advice on how to sell, can now access an updated Growing Enterprise Guide, produced by Capital Growth More
11/05/2016

Urban Food Awards entry opens

It’s time for London’s good food champions to enter the third annual Urban Food Awards. More
10/05/2016
London Food Link

Cardiff students lead city to a sustainable fish star

The majority of Cardiff’s students are now dining on Sustainable Fish as Cardiff Metropolitan University sign the Sustainable Fish Cities pledge [1], earning the city its third star out of the five required to become a Sustainable Fish City. More

Slim pickings for a meat free lunch in supermarkets & high street sandwich chains

A snapshot survey of over 500 sandwiches from supermarkets & high street sandwich chains reveals only 19 plant-based choices without meat, fish, cheese or egg in British Sandwich Week. More
09/05/2016

Transatlantic trade deal threatens EU farming

A report from Friends of the Earth predicts lower food standards, increased imports from the US, lower prices paid to EU farmers by US importers, and restricted opportunities for exporters in the rest of the world, if the proposed transatlantic trade deal goes ahead More
06/05/2016

Huge pig factory may go ahead despite objections

A 40,000 pig production unit at Limavady, Northern Ireland, which was initially refused planning permission, is back under consideration More
06/05/2016

8.4m in UK too poor to eat

New data from the UN released today shows that an estimated 8.4 million people in the UK struggle to get enough to eat. Approximately 4.5% of people went without food for a whole day within the last year because they did not have enough money to eat. More
06/05/2016
Food Poverty

Reaping Rewards II

This report presents new findings based on data collected during the 2014 growing season, using Capital Growths innovative online tool – the Harvest-ometer. This was launched in 2013 by Capital Growth to help people growing food to record and keep track of their harvest, while also gathering data on food production in the city as a whole. More
03/05/2016
Capital Growth

Limited edition Real Bread wear on sale

Balcony Shirts are again supporting the Real Bread Campaign with limited edition t-shirts and aprons. More
03/05/2016
Real Bread Campaign

Time to count the hungry: The case for a standard UK measure of household food insecurity

The UK currently does not measure household food insecurity, defined as insufficient or insecure access to food due to resource constraint. The absence of regular, accurate data keeps the magnitude of the problem hidden, allowing for government inaction. Time to count the hungry argues that the UK would benefit from using a standard measure of household food insecurity, which could be used to monitor the problem as part of existing social and health surveys.
06/04/2016
Food Poverty

Vote good food: A London Food Link briefing on the London Mayoral Election 2016

At London Food Link we believe there are food related challenges the new Mayor of London should be tackling head on and opportunities for them to seize. More
06/04/2016
London Food Link

Which tool to use?

A guide for evaluating health and wellbeing outcomes for community growing programmes More
24/03/2016
Growing Health

Better food. Better farming. Better lives.

Sustain Strategy 2015 – 2020. We’re pleased to be introducing our guiding document for the next five years. This is the first time that Sustain has produced a strategic vision and its timing is telling. More
14/01/2016

Good Food for London 2015

The 2015 edition reveals how London Councils are showing leadership on school food and in other catering under council control but less able to control what goes on outside the school gates. More
18/12/2015
London Food Link

Beyond the Food Bank: London Food Poverty Profile 2015

Beyond the Food Bank is London’s first comprehensive food poverty profile. The new report from Sustain’s London Food Link looks at what local authorities are doing to help the most vulnerable access good food. More
21/10/2015
Food Poverty

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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.