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

Policy makers must act to reduce energy drinks consumption by children and adolescents

UK policy makers must act against excessive energy drinks consumption by children and young people, argues a new report published by the Food Research Collaboration, an initiative of the Centre for Food Policy (City University London). The paper, written by Dr Shelina Visram (Durham University) and Kawther Hashem (Action on Sugar), reviews worldwide evidence of the impact of energy drinks on health, and suggests possible measures for local and national authorities in the UK. More

Former EU Fisheries Chief: UK setting its own catches ‘Does not make sense’

Maria Damanaki, the former EU commissioner for fisheries, described Britain’s plan to set its own catch levels and control waters an ‘illusion’, thanks to Britain’s geographical position and reliance on the EU for trading fish. More

It’s time to share your Urban Food Fortnight event details

London Food Link is excited to announce that the Urban Food Fortnight events map is now live! People adding their events now will have the chance to appear in The Jellied Eel, the good food magazine read by more than 40,000 Londoners. More

Sharing your Sourdough September shenanigans: time’s running out!

The Real Bread Campaign kneads its supporters and friends to add details of their #SourdoughSeptember events and activities to the calendar as soon as possible. More
Real Bread Campaign

London’s urban food community ‘Get Connected’

On Monday 18 July 2016, dozens of London’s small-scale food growers, producers, retailers and restaurateurs gathered on a garden rooftop in Shoreditch to make plans for the upcoming Urban Food Fortnight and taste delicious foods created in the city. More

Who sets the agenda?

Learning the lessons from the Responsibility Deal’s failure to tackle junk food marketing and promotion. More

Plea to Government on junk food marketing: “don’t let industry set the agenda again”

Health campaigners issue eleventh hour appeal to the Government for its imminent Childhood Obesity Strategy not to repeat the Responsibility Deal’s failed strategy for tackling junk food marketing and promotion.  Children’s Food Campaign's “Who sets the agenda?” briefing analyses internal Responsibility Deal papers and minutes to identify the key lessons that should be learnt by civil servants and ministers. The briefing has been issued after reports that the Obesity Strategy has been ‘watered down’ in the face of industry lobbying. More

Knead to Know: fifth anniversary

The Real Bread Campaign is celebrating five years of Knead to Know, its introductory guide to setting up and running a small baking enterprise. More
Real Bread Campaign

Real Bread Campaign mystified by ASA decision

The Real Bread Campaign today expressed disbelief at the Adverting Standards Authority’s (ASA) decision not to ban advertisements that could help to perpetuate a widely circulated, but totally baseless, myth about bread. More
Real Bread Campaign

Over 80 organisations sign letter to new Secretary of State for Exiting the EU

The letter urges the Brexit Government, and new Secretary for State, David Davis, to take control of food, farming and fisheries for public good. More

Food and Drink Federation's Brexit opportunism on sugar tax opposition

Children's Food Campaign hits back at the Food and Drink Federation's renewed moves to block the Government's proposed Sugary Drinks Industry Levy. More

Urban Food Awards: The finalists

The Greater London Authority, London Food Link and Borough Market are pleased to announce the shortlists for this year’s Urban Food Awards, chosen by a record number of voters. More
London Food Link

Child-friendly characters deliver junk food marketing message to advertising regulator

This morning a collection of brand and licensed characters (or maybe us in costume) held a 'victory parade' outside the offices of the Committee of Advertising Practice. 9 child-friendly characters - including Tony the Tiger, the Nesquik bunny, Olaf and Elsa from Frozen, Peppa Pig and a Storm Trooper - came to hand in a letter to the advertising regulator thanking it for the lax rules which have allowed them to keep their jobs and to continue earning millions marketing junk food to children. More

Game Set and Catch – Wimbledon backs Sustainable Fish Cities!

The All England Lawn Tennis Club has joined some of the most prestigious food providers in London and signed the Sustainable Fish Cities pledge. More

Announcing Children's Health Fund Grants

Restaurant Sector funds free drinking fountains across the UK More

Urban Food Awards judges announced

The finalists in the produce categories of this year’s awards will be subject to the superlative senses of London-based chefs Olia Hercules, Tom Hunt, Rowley Leigh and Oliver Rowe. More
London Food Link

Tony the Tiger and friends’ junk food marketing ‘victory parade’

On Tuesday 12 July, Tony the Tiger, the Coco Pops monkey, Barny bear, Haribo bear, and the Red M&M will be celebrating their continued employment promoting sugary food to children. They will stage a victory parade outside the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) offices. More

How to respond to CAP junk food marketing consultation

Children's Food Campaign has brought together health professionals, academics and marketing experts to help us formulate our response to the Committee of Advertising Practice consultation on the advertising to children of food and soft drink products in non-broadcast media.  Read our summary response below and then follow the simple nstructions to submit your own response to the advertising regulator. More

National MakeRioCount Day on 4 August 2016

To help tackle food insecurity in the UK, the Sustainable Food Cities network invites you to join a national fun-and-food day to mark the global summit on nutrition taking place in Rio, the day before the start of the Olympic Games More

Deep sea fishing to be banned in EU waters

Following nearly a decade of campaigning and negotiation, the European Parliament has announced a ban on all fishing below 800 metres, and restrictions on fishing below 400 metres to help protect particularly vulnerable deep-sea marine ecosystems that are quick to collapse and regenerate at slow rates. More

The fairest of them all - Fairtrade school winners

Congratulations to St Edmund’s School, Canterbury, and Imberhorne School, East Grinstead -- this year's Fairtrade Fortnight Schools Award Winners More

Animal welfare now a global concern

With winners drawn from all over the world, Compassion in World Farming's Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards show that the public and food businesses everywhere are taking this issue seriously More

Europe hot and COOL on French labelling plans

In a divisive move, France plans to trial country-of-origin labelling on processed meat and dairy products More

New London street food social enterprise launched

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for Kitchenette Karts to create culinary career pathways into entrepreneurship for young East Londoners. More
London Food Link

First hints at Brexit impact on fishing - not necessarily greater catches

In the first significant signal about how UK fisheries will be managed post-Brexit, the European commission has said that UK boats will need to stick to catch quotas set by the EU whilst we are still a member. Following Britain’s exit – nothing can be guaranteed. More

Announcing Sourdough September

This #SourdoughSeptember fermentalists of the world will unite to help everyone discover that life’s sweeter with sourdough! More
Real Bread Campaign

Slow Dough: Real Bread – pre-order now

The Real Bread Campaign’s first recipe book, Slow Dough: Real Bread, is published by Nourish Books in the USA/UK on 13/15 September 2016 More
Real Bread Campaign

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



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.