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.
Buy one less chocolate egg, and give the money you save to the Children’s Food Campaign instead.
We rely on charitable grants and donations from individuals - we would be very grateful if you could support us - especially our campaign work.
Not sure what chocolate has to do with Easter anyway? Well 'donate' your egg to the children's food campaign http://t.co/obcxRVhF9D pls RT
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Reconnecting Communities to the Land (hosted by the Community Supported Agriculture Network UK)... http://t.co/eQpgkM6owd
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Put your feet up, grab a cuppa here's the Sustainable Food Cities Newsletter March 2015 http://t.co/GGlgVLTSwU
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First horsemeat prosecution, all those months/years after the story broke! http://t.co/bMAax89xzM
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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.
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.
Here's our very own ‘Sugar Swap’ for Easter. Buy one less chocolate egg, and give the money you save to help support the Children’s Food Campaign instead. Help us now!
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.
The Food Standards Agency have welcomed sentencing in first prosecution relating to the 2013 horsemeat scandal. A slaughterhouse owner from West Yorkshire was fined £8,000 plus legal costs for failing to comply with food traceability regulations. A slaughterhouse manager was given a four-month suspended sentence for falsifying an invoice. The FSA have set up a Food Crime Unit to prevent and prosecute food fraud.
Consumer group Which? is calling for clearer nutrition labelling on cereal bars, having found that some contain over 40% sugar. Which? say that some cereal bars make claims about health benefits and do not use traffic light nutrition labelling on the front of packs making sugar, fat and saturated fat content clear. Which? looked at 15 cereal bars and breakfast biscuits including some marketed directly to children. See also Sustain's Children's Food Campaign.
The Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty have released an interim report showing UK's low income households are being pushed towards a food crisis. The Commission finds that while most of the population have access to better diets, those on low incomes are being left behind. The report shows that some low income families are spending over a third of their budget on food. The Commission argued this squeeze on budgets led low income families to less nutritious diets higher in fat, salt and sugar. In addition the report found that child obesity is rising in low income households, with those on lower incomes one and a half times more likely to get diabetes than those on higher incomes.
In a bid to improve diet related ill health, the Scottish Food Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced the 16 members of the new Scottish Food Commission. Scotland has one of the poorest diet-related health records in the world. The Food Commission, set up in the wake of the Good Food Nation report and consultation, hopes to help reverse this. The chair has been announced as former head chef Shirley Spear who will be working with industry, education and public health experts to improve the country's attitude to food. See also Sustain's work on food and farming policy here.
The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics organised a meeting in the UK Houses of Parliament to highlight the global crisis in antibiotic resistance. The group called for a target for reducing farm antibiotic use by 50% by 2020, a ban on preventative mass medication in feed or water (except for where disease has been diagnosed) and annual surveillance data on the human health impacts of antimicrobial resistance. Sustain is part of the Alliance to Save Our Antibioitics.
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