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.
Trade Secretary announces new Trade and Agriculture Commission
Trade Secretary Liz Truss today wrote to the head of the NFU agreeing (in principle) to a new Trade and Agriculture Commission. In her letter she...
Environment Secretary says the UK will be 'open' to considering contentious US food safety methods
Environment Secretary was interviewed on the Today programme this morning. He insisted the UK would maintain a ban on chlorine-washed chicken and...
Supermarkets urged to shun low standard imports in future trade deals
Supermarkets have been urged to state publicly they will shun low standard meat, dairy and egg products that could be included in future trade deals...
WWF: Trade deals could increase risk of new pandemics
The UK will be “complicit” in increasing the risk of future pandemics if post-Brexit trade deals do not protect nature and support...
UK pesticide standards could be slashed in new trade deals, threatening public health and the environment
UK consumers are likely to be exposed to larger amounts of more toxic chemicals in their food if trade negotiators from the US have their way, warns...
The Government is poised to allow chlorine chicken imports from the US
There are reports today that the UK Government is prepared to permit imports of chlorinated chicken from the US but will impose tariffs on the...
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...
Will 2020 be as chaotic as 2019? I hope not for all our sake
A look ahead to the main political moments in 2020 on food, farming, climate and more by Sustain Farming Coordinator Vicki Hird.
Sustain alliance AGM: Looking forward to 2020 - and beyond
Sustain's chief executive Kath Dalmeny looks forward to 2020, set to be a momentous year for food, farming and fishing; in which Brexit will...
Ten things food and farming people need to know about the leaked US/UK trade papers
We've read the leaked notes from UK-US trade talks. If you care about food safety standards, farming, pesticides, Stilton cheese and sugar...
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.