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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Latest News & Publications

Soil Association scores victory in campaign to get glyphosate out of bread

MEPs agree that spraying wheat crops just before harvest is 'unacceptable' More
21/04/2016

Citizens Jury on the Future of Food in or out of Europe

A free, one-day public event in London offers a chance to debate how the outcome of the EU referendum will affect Britain's food and agriculture More
21/04/2016

LEAF marque reports global expansion

LEAF reports significant expansion, with one in three hectares of fruit and vegetables in the UK now grown by a LEAF marque business More
21/04/2016

Two dates for sustainable growers

As farms and plots come back to life after winter, two gatherings showcase best practice and offer the chance to learn from experts More
21/04/2016

UK abstains on new school fruit regulation

The UK's decision not to support a new EU regulation funding school milk and fruit is a missed oportunity, according to a British farmers' union More
21/04/2016

Shifting diets from meat to plants can halve environmental impact

New research suggests the average American could cut their diet-related land use and greenhouse gas emissions by nearly half just by eating less meat and dairy More
21/04/2016

GM crop area declined in 2015

Low commodity prices and EU consumer resistance have put a brake on GM expansion More
21/04/2016

National Living Wage brings benefits and threats

The new National Living Wage may help lift food workers out of poverty, but some companies are trying to claw back the increase, while others may struggle to meet the new payroll More
21/04/2016

New guide to train the real farmers of the future

A new practical guide to help get more people involved in real farming and support farms wanting to train the next generation of farmers and growers, has been published.   More
21/04/2016

How the sugary drinks tax campaign was won

To think when we launched the campaign for a sugary drinks duty in January 2013, when the idea seemed – and indeed was – far outside of the political mainstream, that three years later it would be included in the Budget is quite a fantastic achievement. It just shows how people and campaigns can change government policy and overcome the might of industry lobbying, vested interests and initially sceptical politicians. Read on for a brief recap More

UK food industry seeks to protect use of cleaning chemicals

The UK food industry is mounting a campaign to defend its use of cleaning chemicals, some of which could be outlawed under the European Commission's proposed Biocidal Products Regulation More
15/04/2016

Surge in hospital tooth extractions in under-18s

Excessive consumption of sugary food and drink lies behind the huge rise in hospital treatments for childhood tooth decay More
15/04/2016

Chile and EU agree trade deal for organics

A landmark deal will ease the way for more trade in organic foods between the EU and Chile More
15/04/2016

China buys farmland in France

In an unprecedented move, a Chinese company has acquired hundreds of hectares of arable farmland in Central France   More
15/04/2016

Retailers' price wars threaten small-scale suppliers

The pricing and payment strategies of the major retailers are driving increasing numbers of small suppliers into bankruptcy More
15/04/2016

UNICEF challenge Government to change the conversation on breastfeeding

UNICEF UK's Baby Friendly Initiative Call to Action for breastfeeding urges the UK and devolved governments to take four key steps to create a supportive, enabling environment for women who want to breastfeed.  More
13/04/2016

UK cities get ready for Big Dig Day - Saturday 16 April

50 edible gardens across Birmingham, London and Manchester are inviting people new to ‘growing their own’ to get involved in the fifth annual Big Dig Day on Saturday 16 April, during National Gardening Week.  More
13/04/2016
The Big Dig

New research shows eating less meat could save 8 million lives by 2050

The first comprehensive study on global impacts of dietary change finds that meat-free and vegan diets offer the best combination of health benefits and reduced GHG emissions. More
11/04/2016

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

New report makes 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. A new report from Sustain and partners published today 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. More
05/04/2016
Food Poverty

Which tool to use?

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

London Food Board celebrates 10 years of leadership

The Capital of Food report, released today by the Greater London Authority, celebrates a decade of good food leadership by the London Food Board and its many partners. More
18/03/2016

Campaign victory for a sugary drinks tax

Malcolm Clark, co-ordinator of the Children’s Food Campaign, welcomed the Budget announcement today on a sugary drinks tax. More

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.