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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Labour manifesto: "we will set maximum permitted levels of sugar, salt and fat in foods marketed substantially to children"
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UKIP manifesto: "duty on all primary schools 2 offer before & after-school care term time. Sessions will inc breakfast & healthy snacks"
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Green manifesto: "extend VAT at standard rate 2 less healthy foods, inc sugar. Spend money raised on subsidising cost of fresh fruit & veg"
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Conservative manifesto: "we will take action to reduce childhood obesity and continue to promote clear food information."
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Plaid Cymru manifesto: "supports a tax on sugary drinks & will work with manufacturers to reduce sugar in food & drink"
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Sustain member Friends of the Earth are promoting a meat-free diet during the month of May to reduce the environmental and health impacts associated with livestock production. Friends of the Earth estimate a shift to lower-meat diets in the UK could save the NHS over £1.2 billion per year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With many people eating meat twice a day, Friends of the Earth have come up with some new meat-free recipes to inspire a change in eating habits.
The Food Ethics Council's Business Forum recently discussed the ethical issues around cultured or lab-grown meat. In a report of the meeting the Council advocated a more open and wide-ranging debate which they said was currently dominated by scientists and a few private companies. The report warned against portraying lab-grown meat as a 'silver bullet' solution to food security problems and cautioned against the notion of an inevitable increase in consumer demand for meat.
The International Permaculture Convergence is taking place in London this September and The Permaculture Association want someone from every country practising permacultue to join in. They've set up a crowdfunding project to offer scholarships to permaculture practitioners world-wide and have had over 60 international applications so far. The conference promotes networking and sharing of ideas on permaculture, which combines ethics, ecological principles and design strategies to create healthy, productive and sustainable systems and settlements.
A new certification mark for meat that comes from animals that only eat pasture has been launched. The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association champions the virtues of pastoral farming where animals only eat grass and forage crops. This, says the Association, produces tastier and healthier food, is environmentally friendly as it has a lower carbon footprint than cereal-fed meat and can be more profitable for farmers. Famers and butchers who follow the Association's production standards can apply the 'Pasture for Life' mark to their products. See also Sustain's guide to eating more sustainable food.
McDonald's recent announcement that it is to increase wages for employees at company-owned restauants (about 10% of its restaurants in the US) has been cautiously welcomed by campaigners. Others have criticised the fast food giant for leaving employees at franchisee operated restaurants without a payrise. The US minimum wage currently stands at $7.25 an hour, McDonald's has said it will pay all employees at its company operated restaurants at least $1 more than the minimum wage. Unions are asking for a rise to $15 an hour and dismissed McDonald's annoucement as a 'publicity stunt'.
In a recent report by Parliament's Health Select Committee MPs have called for the NHS to lead by example so that its properties are not promoting the over-consumption of energy dense nutritionally poor food. Experts told the committee that unlike smoking, where NHS is now effectively a smoke-free environment, the NHS had done little to promote healthy diets on the NHS estate and singled out those hospitals that even had fast-food outlets on their premises. Find out how you can support Sustain's campaign for Better Hospital Food.
A coalition of businesses and organisations involved in tea production has produced the 'Tea 2030' report. Tea production faces big challenges: it is grown in countries vulnerable to climate change where it faces competition for land from other crops and limited availability of key resources like energy and water. However Tea 2030 are working together to develop solutions to these problems - they want to engage consumers to create demand for sustainable tea, give growers more control over their product and encourage the tea industry to restore ecosystems through reforestation, improving water management and increasing biodiversity.
The EU milk quota system, set up in 1984, has ended so that EU dairy businesses can compete internationally as dairy markets grow in Asia and Africa. While the European Commission have said they believe international markets like China were keen to take up European dairy products, the UK National Union of Farmers voiced concerns that this could mean further price reductions for English and Welsh dairy farmers and a return to over production and the 'milk lakes' and 'butter mountains' of the 1980s.
Consumer group Which? have launched a campaign to make all supermarkets publish the results of their Campylobacter tests. Which? have backed the Food Standards Agency, who want all supermarkets to outline their plans to tackle Campylobacter in chicken. Which? say this will help to reassure the public that supermarkets are doing everything they can to make chicken safe. Almost 30,000 people have already signed up.
The closure of hospital kitchens at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust will mean that more than £1 million of food which can currently be spent on fresh food will now be spent instead on ready meals, creating a loss of more than £3 million in economic benefits for Oxfordshire communities. This includes the loss of local jobs and withdrawal of vital business for local businesses. Support Sustain's campaign and sign the petition to halt the closure of the hospital kitchens.
The British Medical Association, NHS England, MPs and leading physicians call for a ban on the sale of junk food and sugary drinks in hospitals in order that the NHS leads by example to help tackle obesity and chronic diet-related disease. Take action to improve the healthiness of hospital food by supporting Sustain's campaign.
Join the Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) as they celebrate Via Campesina’s International day of Peasant Struggle, by marching on British Sugar PLC to expose the inequality and problems inherent in our industrial food system. Government support of big agri-businesses, like British Sugar PLC, threatens the health of our communities and the quality of our environment. And we’re subsidising exactly the wrong sort of agriculture. The March starts 1pm, 29th April from Bury St Edmunds train station.
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.
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Projects & campaigns
Better Hospital Food
Children's Food Campaign
Children's Health Fund
Food and farming policy
London Food Link
Organic Sector Development
Real Bread Campaign
Sustainable Fish Cities
Sustainable Food Cities
The Big Dig