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

5 Star Durham seal their plaice as a Sustainable Fish City

Durham has become the latest city in the UK to achieve Sustainable Fish City status [1]. Their five-star Sustainable Fish City rating recognises that the city’s top restaurants and workplaces, as well as the University, hospitals, council and schools have collectively pledged to serve and promote only sustainably sourced fish[2]. This enormous commitment to our oceans and fisheries has been welcomed by conservation groups and the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Bill Moir. More

Sustain’s response to the Brexit announcement

Whilst still digesting this morning’s news, many Sustain members have been putting forward their thoughts on the UK’s decision to leave the EU and the implications for our food and farming. Read our first attempt to make sense of what lies ahead. More

Food sector reacts to Brexit vote

Food campaigners, unions and trade associations predict at best uncertainty and at worst bleak prospects for British food and farming in the aftermath of the UK decision to leave the EU. More

Avoid giving palm oil products to children, parents warned

After finding traces of a carcinogen, an Italian consumer group has warned parents to avoid infant formula and snack foods containing palm oil. More

Capital Growth shares urban food growing benefits that go way beyond locally-sourced potatoes 

The role of food growing in improving health and developing skills and jobs has been highlighted in a new essay written by Capital Growth, London’s food growing network.  The piece, entitled Street Food, was published this week as part of a series of essays on London’s food scene by Centre for London.   More
Capital Growth

Romania plans law requiring supermarkets to sell 51% local food

The measure is intended to protect Romanian farmers' access to market - but it may fall foul of EU regulation.   More

New confidential hotline for reporting food crime

Anyone with suspicions of food crime or food fraud can now report it in confidence, via phone or email, to the Food Crime Unit's  'Food Crime Confidential' reporting facility More

Sports drinks resist sugar tax

UK sports drink manufacturers have formed a lobby group to argue for exemption from the sugar tax due to be levied from 2018   More

Guild of Food Writers Awards - winners announced

Honours go to veteran and novice food writers in many categories More

London gardens help to cultivate mind, body and soil

On Saturday 9 July, fourteen community food growing gardens across the city will offer wellbeing activities for Londoners, including foraging tours, mindfulness sessions and herbal workshops. More
Capital Growth

Evidence shows benefits of school gardening for health and well-being

An article published in BMC Public Health journal has found evidence of a range of health and wellbeing impacts of school gardening, with groups of pupils who do not excel in classroom activities found to particularly benefit. More

New report highlights the potential role of gardening for health services

A new report by The King’s Fund has called for the NHS and health and wellbeing boards "to make more of the diverse health benefits of gardening in support of their priorities". More
Growing Health

MEPs and ministers agree regulation to combat food fraud

A comprehensive regulation on food safety, designed to prevent a repeat of the horsemeat scandal, has been drafted by EU authorities More

A standard for measuring food waste

An international partnership led by the World Resources Institute has launched a free, global standard to enable organisations of all sorts to track and reduce food waste. More

Organic Wake-up declared a success

Organic Trade Board hails successful event to highlight the importance of independent retailers in organic sector. More

Online junk food marketing to children

An Irish report finds that manufacturers of snack foods and confectionery prefer to target children and teenagers via social media avoiding the regulations that apply to broadcast advertising More

A sugar tax could discourage unhealthy cereal choices

Research suggests that consumers switch away from sugary cereals when a tax is applied, and the effect is stronger when the tax is signposted on the label   More

All clicking off at Ryton

Demonstrating that traditional skills still appeal in the digital age, Garden Organic's demonstration gardens, at Ryton, have been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2016 More

Historic High Court decision awards compensation to enslaved poultry workers

Legal decision sends out a warning to other British food firms to eradicate all forms of modern slavery in their supply chains  More

Ecological Land Cooperative purchases 18.5 acres of land for new, affordable smallholdings

The site was formerly used for intensive maize production, but the ELC is now seeking planning permission to develop it into a cluster of small-scale ecological farms. More

Food industry bosses continue to reap hefty rewards

Two of the UK's largest food firms have confirmed 6-figure pay awards for their chief executives More

Rise in cooking from (not quite) scratch

A new appetite for 'scratch cooking' among under-45s is driving demand for 'meal kits' rather than ready-meals, according to food industry research by Mintel More

Certified sustainable fish rising

The percentage of the global catch of wild fish that is MSC certified almost doubled in 2015, according to the 4th Global Impacts Report from the Marine Stewardship Council More

Does the CAP still fit?

A new report from the Food Research Collaboration calls for a Common Sustainable Food Policy to replace the CAP   More

Time for the catering sector to face the future

The large and growing catering sector could benefit from taking steps to provide more sustainable food, says a report from the Food Ethics Council  More

Students wanted to organise campus farmers' markets

Abolish the myth that students live on Pot Noodles! Apply now for help to set up a market selling healthy, fresh, local  produce on your campus More

Reaping Rewards II

This report presents new findings based on data collected during the 2014 growing season, using Capital Growths innovative online tool – the Harvest-ometer. This was launched in 2013 by Capital Growth to help people growing food to record and keep track of their harvest, while also gathering data on food production in the city as a whole. More
Capital Growth

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.
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
London Food Link

Which tool to use?

A guide for evaluating health and wellbeing outcomes for community growing programmes More
Growing Health

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

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
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
Food Poverty

How to set up a food co-op or buying group in a university or college

This simple "how to" factsheet advises universities, colleges and student groups on how to make fresh, local, ethically produced food more accessible to the local community, whilst supporting local farmers by providing them with a local, regular and reliable outlet. More
Food co-ops toolkit



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.