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

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

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

Half a million sign US bee petition

500,000 supporters have signed a petition urging Bayer to stop selling neonicotinoid pesticides. More

Australian Fair Food Week

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance has announced its Fair Food Week which runs from October 16 to 25 2015. More

London Mayor urged to back roof gardens

Support for food growing on London's rooves came at a debate on how architecture could tackle London's air pollution. More

Good Cod - Bad Cod: New fish sustainability ratings released

North Sea cod has been removed from the Marine Conservation Society’s 'fish to avoid' list, but many cod stocks remain dangerously depleated. The latest ratings show that wild-caught seabass should still be completely avoided and overall a greater number of stocks have been down-graded than improved. More

Practical Action champions Agroecology

Sustain member Practical Action have produced a policy briefing paper examining the best agricultural strategies to meet the new UN Sustainable Development Goals.   More

Global Nutrition Report 2015

IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute) have published The Global Nutrition Report 2015, with shocking statistics. More

New Resource from First Steps Nutrition Trust

'Eating well: the first year: A guide to complementary feeding and eating well up to baby's first birthday'  is now available on the First Steps Nutrition Trust website. More

Elior caterers commit to serve cruelty free eggs

Elior’s catering operations at the National Maritime Museum in London have signed London Food Link’s pledge committing to use only cage-free eggs, and saving around 2,500 hens from living in cages. More
London Food Link

We bet the binned loaves aren’t Real Bread

The Real Bread Campaign believes that the 24 million slices that Love Food Hate Waste reports UK households bin every day, are likely to be from industrial loaves. More
Real Bread Campaign

Government launches loans to save local pubs

The Government Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a new £1.5 million fund to help local people take control of pubs in England at risk of closure. More

Restaurant-goers pledge to ask for ethical food

The Sustainable Restaurant Association is calling on restaurant-goers to #MakeFoodGood by pledging to taking one action when eating out, such as asking if the fish is sustainably sourced or checking where their tip goes.  More
Ethical Eats

UK Government responds to sugary drink tax petition

The UK Government has responded to Sustain and Jamie Oliver's petition to say it has no plans to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. More
Sugary Drinks Duty

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.