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

ASA bans misleading Iceland factory loaf advert

Following a complaint from the Real Bread Campaign, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) today ruled that an advertisement marketing a range of mass-produced, part-baked loaves as handmade was ‘misleading’ and should not appear again. More
Real Bread Campaign

WWF launch primary school recipe competition

WWF hope the competition will promote sustainable diets and schools growing their own food. More

Are you serving meat free lunches?

If you are a catering business offering meat free lunches to your customers Eating Better want to hear from you. More

Food insecurity in Canada

A new report has documented high rates of food insecurity in Canada - that means 2.4 million adults and nearly a million children had inadequate or insecure access to food.   More
Food Poverty

New rules on junk food ads for children - have your say

The Committee of Advertising Practice are consulting on new rules governing non-broadcast advertising of foods high in fat salt and sugar to children. More

PAN UK launch Pesticide-Free towns campaign

Sustain member Pesticide Action Network want to reduce the hundreds of tonnes of pesticides they say are used in UK towns and cities. More

Could you make healthier food and drink?

Innovate UK has launched a competition to fund the development of healthier foods and drinks. More

Family Farmers' Association Annual Open meeting

Save the date for the FFA's annual open meeting on November 11, 2015. More

Brighton and Hove aims to be first #SugarSmartCity

The council have started a city-wide Sugar Smart initiative to reduce levels of sugar in homes, schools and restaurants. More

A slice of the winnings

Real Bread Campaign supporters harvested a sheaf of awards over the summer, including Alex Gooch being named Baker of the Year at The Baking Industry Awards. More
Real Bread Campaign

Government urged to introduce stronger advertising rules to combat pester power in the fight against childhood obesity

Nearly three quarters of parents (74%) say their children have pestered them to buy junk food according to a new survey from the British Heart Foundation. Of those who have experienced ‘pester power’ at some point from their children, more than a third of the responses from parents related to junk food advertising, in particular to  adverts that children are seeing on TV. More

London's Urban Food Fortnight is biggest to date

During September London celebrated its urban food scene with 165 events, highlighting the best of its local larder.  More

Plastic bag law comes into force on 5th October 2015

A new law requiring large shops in England to charge 5p for all single-use plastic carrier bags has been introduced by the government. More

Have your say on GM food and feed

The Food Standards Agency are seeking views on an European Commission proposal on GM food and feed. More

Plans to scrap Finnish tax on sweets and ice cream

The Finnish government has announced plans to abandon a tax on sweets and ice cream from the beginning of 2017. More

National Soil Symposium

Save the date for the Soil Association's Soil Symposium being held in Bristol on the 5th November 2015. More

More EU countries opt to go GMO free

As the 3rd October deadline for registering approaches, more EU states have announced they will register to ban the cultivation of GM crops. More

Alexandra Rose launches voucher scheme in Lambeth

Sustain member Alexandra Rose Charities have launched their pioneering voucher scheme for fresh fruit and vegetables at Brixton market. More

EU project to cut food waste by 30% by 2025

Refresh is a new EU project involving 26 partners from 12 European countries and China. More

World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative UK

The first summit meeting of the WBTi UK has been held at UNICEF Baby Friendly UK. More

Commonwork Courses

From flatbreads and brioche to Kentish curries sign up for a cooking or craft course with Commonwork and learn a new skill. More

Stockport off the mark as town's largest schools caterer signs fish pledge

Stockport have become the latest large town in the UK to kick off their Sustainable Fish Cities campaign and have done so in style, with a pledge to serve only demonstrably sustainable fish from large local caterer Solutions SK. More

Drinking fountains back on the menu

Dragon’s Den judge Guy Jeremiah has teamed up with the The Drinking Fountain Association to give British drinking fountains a new lease of life and reduce the use of bottled water. More

Protect Universal Infant Free School Meals

A petition to protect the government's Universal Infant Free School Meals programme is gathering support. 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.