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Sustain’s magazine covers a wide range of current food and farming policy initiatives and developments. More information
The Jellied Eel
London Food Link's magazine for Sustainable Food in London. More information
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We have recently responded to a number of major consultation documents issued by the British Government. These documents covered very similar ground to Enabling Good Health for all: A reflection process for a new EU Health Strategy. Thus we thought it would be helpful for the Commission to see copies of our responses to these government consultations.
Sustain response to the consultation from the department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
A consultation on priorities for a food and health action plan
On Thursday 1st July King’s Fund president HRH The Prince of Wales and chief executive Niall Dickson will meet farmers, hospital staff and organisers of the Hospital Food Project, which boosts NHS hospitals’ use of locally produced and/or organic food. They will be hosted at St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, Tooting, South London, one of the project’s four pilot sites.
Sustain response to the consultation document on 'Putting consumers first: the Food Standard Agency draft strategic plan 2005-2010'
We are pleased to submit this response to the Food Standard Agency’s (FSA) Action Plan on Food Promotions and Children’s Diets. The comments relating to the promotion of foods to children and the food environments within schools are presented on behalf of the coalition of 115 national organisations which currently support the Children’s Food Bill.
The report found that Londoners spend nearly £11 billion on food each year. However, it also highlighted the lack of access to nutritious food for people on low-incomes. It showed that 53 per cent of inner London children and 33 per cent of outer London children live below the poverty line whilst 13 wards in East London boroughs have been identified as “food deserts” where there is no local provision of affordable fresh food.
While Sustain warmly welcomes the measures that will have a positive effect on children’s diets, the Health Select Committee’s Inquiry into Obesity recommendations, published today, will do nothing to prevent the marketing of unhealthy foods to children. Over the three year period of delay recommended by the Committee, more than one hundred thousand children may become obese.
An Early Day Motion (EDM) in support of Sustain’s Children Food Bill, tabled by Debra Shipley MP, already has support from 57 cross-party MPs. The EDM acknowledges the strength of the Children’s Food Bill in improving children’s diets and future health and sends a powerful message to the Department of Health, whose public health consultation ends this week.
In response to the growing crisis in children's diet-related health, a Children's Food Bill, developed by Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming and supported by 114 national organisations, will be presented to Parliament by Debra Shipley MP.
Arriving hot on the heels of National Sandwich Week a new report, Bread Street: the British baking bloomer, identifies the threat to London’s food diversity posed by that symbol of standardisation: sliced bread. Despite the huge diversity celebrated in Bread Street, approximately 80% of the bread sold in the UK today is sliced, wrapped, and made from the industrial Chorleywood Bread Process. Just two companies provide more than half the bread we consume.
On the 9th February Food and Farming Minister Lord Whitty visited the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust to learn about how local and organic food will be available in the hospital via the ‘Hospital Food Project’.
JUNK food advertising aimed at children should be outlawed by the EU to tackle spiraling levels of childhood obesity and food poverty, Green Party Euro-MP Caroline Lucas said today.
Evidence from Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming (19 April 2004)
House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Sub-Committee inquiry into food information