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

Jamie Oliver, Sustain and Leon join forces to take action on sugary sweetened drinks and fund childrens food initiatives.

Sustain and Jamie Oliver today launch a petition calling on Government to tax sugary drinks. The Children’s Health Fund is also launched by Jamie and Sustain, with funds coming from a self imposed sugary drinks levy by Jamie’s UK restaurants. Leon are the first group to join Jamie’s UK restaurants in adopting the levy contributing to the Children's Health Fund. More

Jamie’s intervention raises bar for Government’s forthcoming Childhood Obesity strategy

Coinciding with the airing of Jamie Oliver's Sugar Rush documentary tonight (9pm, Channel 4), a new petition has been launched calling on the Government to tax sugary drinks. Jamie’s documentary and accompanying sugar manifesto also supports our call for the ban of all junk food marketing on TV before 9pm and the introduction of more robust digital marketing regulations. More

Ditch the junk from hospital canteens and vending machines

The Campaign for Better Hospital Food today welcomed the announcement by NHS chief executive Simon Stevens that hospitals should ditch junk food from vending machines, staff canteens and retail outlets. More

Sustain submission to Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into sustainable development

The committee, which scrutinises Government performance on environmental issues has asked for evidence to inform the scope of it's inquiry which includes protecting the environment, supporting the low carbon economy and improving wellbeing. Read Sustain's submission.

Sutton Council takes Sustainable Fish Cities pledge

The London Borough of Sutton has become the latest local authority to commit to 100% demonstrably sustainable fish for primary school meals. More

'Living With The Land' permaculture films

Find out more about permaculture with this series of short films from the Permaculture Association. More

Food Standards Agency Northern Ireland conference

The FSA in Northern Ireland are holding a conference to bring together local food industry, environmental health and public health experts. More

Government calls for CAP simplification

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan is expected to announce proposals for simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the autumn of 2015. More

New play 'Mouthful' to premier in September

Get yourself along to the Trafalgar Studios in London for the world premiere of Mouthful, a series of plays tackling the global food crisis. More

Scottish 'Prawn Wars' explained by New Economics Foundation

With disputes between Scottish scampi fishermen in the news again, Sustain member the New Economics Foundation explains the policy options for the Scottish government. More

Great British Menu celebrates WI centenary

BBC Two's Great British Menu is celebrating the WI's centenary with featured chefs battling it out for the chance to cook at a banquet celebrating one hundred years of the Women's Institue. More

Urban Food Awards finalists announced

Londoners have had their say, the nominations have been counted and here is the shortlist! More
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Friends of the Earth mounts legal challenge over pesticides

Sustain member Friends of the Earth has filed a High Court legal challenge to the government's decision to allow farmers to use pesticides restricted by the EU because of bees. More

Germany follows Scotland's lead on GM crops

The German Agriculture Minister has told officials he will seek to use the EU's opt-out to prevent GM cultivation, according to documents seen by news agency Reuters. More

Soil Association launches glyphosate campaign

The organisation's "Not In Our Bread" petition asks UK bread manufacturers and retailers not to use the weedkiller in their products. More

Sustain Ontario Bring Food Home conference

Over 400 food system leaders are getting together for the 4th Bring Food Home conference in Sudbury Ontario in November. More

New research from Diabetes UK shows 60% rise in cases

Diabetes UK say that more than 3 million people in the UK are being treated for diabetes - an increase of nearly 60% in the last decade.  More

Young Food Writer of the Year

Sixteen year old Thomas Moore has won this year's Guild of Food Writers young food writer of the year competition.  More

Scottish GM ban

Scottish rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead has announced the country will ban the growing of genetically modified foods.  More

Landworkers' Alliance Support Dairy Demo

The Land Workers' Alliance are offering to fund three of their members to attend a demonstration in support of dairy farmers in Brussels on September the 7th.  More

Pasture for Life Certification

The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association want more butchers to stock beef and lamb carrying the 'Pasture for Life' certification mark. More

Help improve EU legislation on baby food

International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) has been asking for support to improve EU legislation on baby foods and formulas.  More

US counts the cost of avian flu

The US avian flu crisis may be over for now but it has cost the US egg and poultry industry nearly $390 million in lost exports alone. More

Family Farmers call for Government action

The Family Farmers' Association have launched a new policy document calling on the government to do more to protect smaller and family farms.  More

Calls to Promote Care Farming

A new study commissioned by Natural England recommends fresh measures to promote care farming on prescription.  More

DEFRA's 25 year food and farming plan

DEFRA launch consultation on their 25 year food and farming plan.  More

Register now for Edible Gardens Open Day Saturday 19 September, 2015

From secret gardens to community farms, people will have the chance to explore London’s hidden food growing spaces as they open their gates to the public and celebrate their harvest. 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.