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School Food Standards prompt 18% increase in UK schools serving sustainable fish

One in six UK primary schools are now serving MSC certified sustainable fish to students according to figures published today by the Marine Stewardship Council. More

Consultation on future of Scottish Agricultural Wages Board

Scottish Government are consulting on the future of the agricultural wages board. Responses are due in by 31 July. See Sustain member Unite the Union's response.

The Mayor of London launches the Urban Food Awards

Boris Johnson is calling on Londoners to nominate the capital’s small-batch producers of the best Real Bread, cheese, beer, honey, sausages and salad leaves. More
27/07/2015
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Barking and Dagenham takes Sustainable Fish Pledge

The London borough has become the latest to pledge that all fish in their school meals service will be demonstrably sustainable. More

Call for pesticide-free Brighton

Sustain Member PAN UK (Pesticide Action Network) has launched a campaign in Brighton and Hove to persuade the City Council to stop using pesticides in their public spaces. More
25/07/2015

Scotland revises hospital food standards

Revised standards for Scottish hospital food are to be introduced later this year. More
25/07/2015

Latest UK obesity statistics

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper on obesity statistics, breaking down the data by age, gender, local authority and deprivation. More
25/07/2015

Taxing sweets and fizzy drinks in Massachusetts

State representative Kay Khan has proposed a bill that would put a 6.25% sales tax on candy and soda in Massachusetts.  More
25/07/2015

Thrifty and organic is possible

Sustain member the Organic Trade Board set up the #ThriftyOrganic challenge, which food writer Deliciously Ella rose to admirably. More
24/07/2015

Policies to shift eating patterns: what works?

The Food Climate Research Network and Chatham House have produced a report, based on academic evidence, on effective ways of making eating habits healthier and more sustainable. More
24/07/2015

London's small food businesses 'Get Connected'

On Wednesday 15 July 2015, around sixty of the capital’s most passionate community food growers, small-batch producers and ethical chefs came together to make plans for Urban Food Fortnight. More

Children's Food Campaign welcomes M&S healthy checkout move

It appears the days of the 'supermarket sugar trap' are numbered with the announcement that Marks and Spencer will remove all confectionery, crisps, cakes & biscuits from their till points in all of their stores by the end of September. More

Just Growth launched to help finance small community farms

A new funding initiative has been set up by The Real Farming Trust, to encourage the growth of community based food and farming projects.   More

Government accepts scientific advice that recommended daily sugar intake should be halved

Children’s Food Campaign welcomes the new SACN recommendations for halving the amount of free sugars in children’s diets and minimising consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. The government must follow up its acceptance of the report by swiftly introducing effective measures to help families reduce their sugar intake. More

Major names from food industry lead Defra strategy

Eighty representatives from UK food and farming industry will help to develop an industry-led long term plan for the future of food and farming, Defra has announced. More
17/07/2015

1 in 4 hospital meals thrown in bin

New research published today by the Campaign for Better Hospital Food shows that at least 1 in every 4 hospital meals (26%) served to patients in NHS hospitals are likely to be left uneaten and thrown in the bin, a figure higher than previously recognised. More

London food SMEs: apply now for grants and support

As part of the Urban Food Routes initiative, London Food Link and the Plunkett Foundation are offering cash and support to just 25 lucky, small, community-focussed food enterprises. More

Doctors inject boost to campaigns for sugary drinks duty and junk food marketing restrictions

The British Medical Association’s strong support for a sugary drinks duty has rightly grabbed all today’s headlines. The doctors now join professional bodies representing dentists, dietitians, maternal and children’s health specialists and many public health experts in calling for a levy on sugary drinks. More

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
09/03/2015

Time to come clean about hospital food

Why the government must hand responsibility for monitoring hospital food to an independent body. More

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