About Sustain

Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity.

We represent around 100 national public interest organisations working at international, national, regional and local level.

Read our sustainable food guidelines here.

How we work

We operate in collaboration with our membership and:

  • Facilitate the exchange of information to strengthen the work of the membership, and help promote their activities to the media and to policy makers.
  • Develop networks of members and allied organisations to devise and implement policies and practices on particular issues of common concern.
  • Advise and negotiate with governments and other regulatory agencies to ensure that legislation and policies on food and agriculture are publicly accountable and socially and environmentally responsible.
  • Encourage businesses to produce, process and market foods which are good for health and the environment, and to devise, invest in and maintain policies and practices that make sustainable food choices the easy choice.

We have an extensive range of publications covering our current and past areas of work. 


The alliance is a registered charity (no. 1018643) and company limited by guarantee (no. 02673194). It is governed by its membership which meets annually. The membership elects a Council of trustees who meet quarterly to guide the work of the alliance, subject to approval by the members.

Each Sustain project or policy campaign is advised by a working party comprising relevant member organisations and other experts.

Sustain structure and accountability


As an alliance, Sustain literally is its membership.  Membership is open to national organisations which do not distribute profits to private shareholders and which therefore operate in the public interest. The organisations must be wholly or partly interested in food or farming issues and support the general aims and work of the alliance.

Become a Member

Individuals or groups not eligible for membership may wish to:

  • subscribe to a Sustain project or newsletter;
  • receive details about our publications, events and campaign news.


The alliance is independent from the agri-food industry and is funded from grants (from charitable foundations and government or government related sources), membership subscriptions and sales of publications. We also undertake paid contract work, where the results of the work will further the alliance’s purpose.  No funding is accepted from any source which would compromise, or appear to compromise, the alliance’s principles.


Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming was launched at the UNED-UK hosted Healthy Planet Forum on 17 June 1999. It was formed by merging The National Food Alliance and the Sustainable Agriculture Food and Environment (SAFE) Alliance, both of which had been established for over 10 years.

Click here for a full account of Sustain's creation.

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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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