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.


Latest News & Publications

Defra happy to see pork exports rising

Global UK pork exports have risen 44% in the last five years, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced. More

Sustain urge students to become food activists

Talking at the 2015 NUS Student Eats conference Ben Reynolds, Sustain's Acting Coordinator, supported students getting more involved in shaping their food system. More

Defra launches open data project

Defra has announced plans to release vast data reserves to 'transform the world of food and farming'. More

WIN a basket of bread books in the new True Loaf magazine

The July-October 2015 issue of the Real Bread Campaign supporters’ magazine includes the chance to win a bundle of bread books. More
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Doctors want government action on obesity

Doctors at the British Medical Association annual conference have debated obesity in Scotland and called for more government action. More

FareShare Surplus Food Summit

Sustain member FareShare have brought together the food industry and food retailers for the UK's first ever Surplus Food Summit. More

Foundation calls for food waste legislation

Caroline Mason, CEO of the grant-making Esmee Fairburn Foundation has called for a ban on food businesses throwing away fit-for-purpose surplus food. More

Campaigners' price cut challenge to Morrisons: "give more than peas a chance"

New research by the Children’s Food Campaign reveals the warped priorities of Morrisons’ new price cutting initiative, with offers on sugary biscotti for babies but none on healthier alternatives. More

New study highlights methods to safeguard UK food security

Farming practices which balance the needs of the land with those of people have a huge part to play in safeguarding food security, a major new study has found. It found that agroecology – food production that makes the best use of nature’s goods and services while not damaging precious resources – can help maintain agricultural productivity. More

Sustain welcomes Jamie Oliver backing for sugary drinks duty and creation of fund to support better children’s food

In a UK first, the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group will impose its very own 'child health levy’ on any soft drink with added sugar in all its UK restaurants from September this year with the much needed money raised going directly to fund food education for children and health initiatives More

What will TTIP mean for food and climate?

Confused by the TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership)? Read on for Vicki Hird's explanation. More

EFSA's Scientific Opinion on caffeine

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has  published a risk assessment on intakes of caffeine.  More

MEPs vote for free milk fruit and veg in schools

The European Parliament has approved plans to merge separate EU Member States free school milk, fruit and vegetable schemes. More

Seafood in Scottish Schools

A motion has been tabled in the Scottish Parliament welcoming the Seafood in Schools project.  More

Sugary drinks tax discussed by Welsh government

Shadow Health Minister, Elin Jones has called for the Welsh Government to introduce a tax on sugary drinks. More

Protein Challenge 2040

Food industry organisations work with environment and health pressure groups to explore issues around production and consumption of protein. More

Concern over high levels of sugar and salt in popcorn

A new survey from Sustain member CASH (Consensus Action on Salt and Health) reveals shockingly high levels of salt and sugar found in some popcorn brands. More

Get Connected for Urban Food Fortnight

On 15 July, London Food Link is bringing together London’s enterprising food growers and producers with sustainable chefs to Get Connected for Urban Food Fortnight 2015 More

Superbug MRSA found in British pork

Testing run by the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics suggests that British consumers are already being exposed to MRSA. In fact, a person eating pork twice a week may be consuming contaminated meat once every three months. This is the first time MRSA of livestock origin has been found in British pork. More

Feeding Britain MPs report on progress towards ending hunger six months on

Six months after the release of Feeding Britain, more than a third of its recommendations have been implemented. However, much more work remains to be done to address benefit delays, improve wages and strengthen the safety net. The core group of MPs involved in Feeding Britain call on individuals, agencies and organisations from the voluntary, public and private sectors to continue to push for change. More
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Call for 45p cheques to save Oxfordshire hospital kitchens

The Campaign for Better Hospital Food is collecting 45p cheques from members of the public in a bid to protect the closure of kitchens at hospitals in Wantage, Didcot, Wallingford, Chipping Norton and Witney.  More

Double Yield: Jobs and sustainable food production

This is a republication of the 1997 report with a new foreword. Double Yield is about getting back something we have lost. We value our countryside, our rural landscapes and wildlife, our rural communities. We value healthy nutritious food and respect for farm animals. Yet we are losing many valued aspects of our natural environments, including meadows, wetlands, woodlands, birds and other wildlife. Increasingly, we no longer trust the food we eat nor believe that all animals are treated fairly. More

Good Food at Work

How your organisation can improve the food within your office environment, to benefit staff, and help create a more sustainable food and farming system fit for the future. More

Time to come clean about hospital food

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



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.