What will be the impact of Brexit on food and farming?
Sustain's Manifesto for a Better Food Britain 2019
Our manifesto sets out what we want government and policy makers to do, to secure a Better Food Britain.
Download the 2019 Sustain Manifesto
The UK’s exit from the EU has vast implications for our food, fishing and farming and Sustain is campaigning to ensure that our leaders continue to uphold good standards in all these areas.
While it is beyond our remit to comment on the political scenarios, our work since the referendum has clearly demonstrated that there would be many negative and costly consequences of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, including interruptions to our food supply, lowering our food standards and imperilling livelihoods in the food and farming industries. You can read our views on this in full here.
Looking beyond the exit, Sustain has been working hard with Alliance members and other organisations to secure good post-EU food and farming policies. We are organising our work around three main themes:
- Protecting existing high standards for food, fishing and farming
- Building a new framework for standards in food, fishing and farming that are fit for the future
- Ensuring that voices are heard - especially those of concerned citizens, smaller farmers, fishers and food producers; food, farming and fishery specialists; and those experiencing disadvantage
Sustain continues to coordinate organisations who work on the environment, health, trade, animal welfare, farming, fishing, workers’ rights, food safety, and economy to cultivate a shared voice for better food, fishing and farming. Key elements of our work are reported in the menu on this page.
Defra confirm temporary recognition of the EU for trade in organics
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Where’s our Honest Crust Act?
The Real Bread Campaign has renewed its lobbying for better protection for Britain’s loaf lovers.
Sustain responds to Liz Truss comments that high standards disadvantage developing nations
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss this week claimed that a blanket ban on food imports that do not meet British standards would stop developing...
Trade deals podcast: Protect our food standards in law!
Sustain chief executive Kath Dalmeny discusses threats to our food standards in poorly regulated trade deals, in a podcast with the Brexit Civil...
New coalition to scrutinise UK's approach to food standards: the 'Future British Standards Coalition’
Sustain will chair a coalition of farming groups, public health practitioners, caterers and food and animal welfare experts, among others, forming a...
Organic farmers and standards under threat from no-deal Brexit
British farmers who work hard to promote environmentally friendly farming and high quality British food exports will be hit hard by a no-deal...
Four ways US trade deal could be bad for America as well as Britain
IATP in the US has teamed up with Sustain in the UK to show that people in both countries have a shared...
UK-Australia trade talks: five food, farming and environment concerns
The Government started a second round of trade talks with Australia today (21.09.20). Trade Secretary Liz Truss has said a deal will push "new...
No-deal Brexit is still a disastrous prospect for British food and farming
One year on from the last time we faced no-deal Brexit, and a global pandemic later, the government appears to have learned little about managing a...
Keeping low standard produce out of future trade deals
The new Agriculture Bill, back before the House of Commons for debate on Wednesday is the first major UK legislation on agriculture in 50 years. It...
All Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology
An informal, cross-party group of MPs and Peers interested in sustainable food and farming. The APPG on Agroecology for sustainable food and farming was formed to provide a parliamentary focus for the contribution of agroecology to food security in the UK and worldwide.
Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics
The Alliance to Save our Antibiotics is a coalition of health, medical, farming, environmental and civil society organisations from across the EU, founded by Sustain, Compassion in World Farming and the Soil Association. Our vision is a world in which human and animal health and well-being are protected by food and farming systems that do not rely on routine antibiotic use.
Food Research Collaboration
Coordinated by the Centre for Food Policy at City University London, facilitates joint working by academics and civil society to improve the UK food system, including running seminars involving academics, civil society, policy-makers and industry. A key focus for this work over the next few years will be Brexit, and co-creating better governance for food, farming, fishing and trade.
A group of 13 major environmental organisations, with a combined public membership of 7.9 million (some of which organisations are also members of the Sustain alliance). They are united in the belief that leaving the EU is a pivotal moment to restore and enhance the UK’s environment.
Nourish Scotland campaigns on food justice issues in Scotland. Nourish believes that tasty and nutritious food should be accessible to everyone, be sustainable, and be produced, processed, sold and served in a way that values and respects workers. Nourish is a leading voice promoting the Good Food Nation Bill for Scotland, and a Right to Food.
Sustainable Soils Alliance
The Sustainable Soils Alliance is a partnership of farming organisations, businesses, NGOs, applied science and academia working together to reverse the current crisis in soil health and restore our soils to health within one generation. Sustain is working with this alliance to ensure that the new UK Agriculture Bill and Environmental Land Management Scheme help to reverse the soils crisis.
Trade Justice Movement
The Trade Justice Movement is a UK coalition calling for trade rules that work for people and planet. Sustain is working with the Trade Justice Movement’s call for the new UK Trade Bill to support trade justice, with the rules weighted to ensure sustainable outcomes for ordinary people and the environment
Unlock Democracy is a grassroots organisation arguing and campaigning for a vibrant, inclusive democracy that puts power in the hands of the people. Unlock Democracy is coordinating cross-sector work on the Great Repeal Bill, and Sustain is working with the team in their efforts to achieve the best democratic, social, economic and environmental outcomes.
Wildlife & Countryside Link
Wildlife and Countryside Link brings together 46 environment and animal protection organisations to advocate for the conservation and protection of wildlife, countryside and the marine environment. Taken together they have the support of over eight million people in the UK and manage over 750,000 hectares of land. Sustain is working closely with the Link Legal Strategy group.