Brexit: opportunities and threats for food, farming and fishing
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.
New report shows how agro-ecology farming and diets can feed the world
A new report launched by the Soil Association today shows how an organically farmed Europe can feed a growing population a healthy
Gove bows to industry pressure to delay food and farming policies due to Brexit
Michael Gove has bowed to industry pressure to delay UK policy-making on chemicals, pesticides, plastics, clean air and waste, after over 30 trade...
Soil Association considering setting up Irish scheme if no-deal Brexit
Sustain member the Soil Association is looking at ways to ensure as much support as possible for their licensees through the Brexit process.
US lobbyists demand UK drops safety first attitude to food safety and standards
The US Trade Department has published the demands made by big corporates for the UK trade deal and it makes for distressing reading.
Government must hold firm on actions to tackle childhood obesity, says Children’s Food Campaign
The Children’s Food Campaign calls on Government to keep pressing ahead with proposals and consultations in response to an industry letter...
Lords committee finds 'little evidence' of fish discard ban being followed
Parliament's EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee recommends fishing quota reallocation, CCTV on vessels and investment in more selective...
We must not let Brexit cause a food crisis for people most in need
Food for children, hospital patients, charities and low-income households is seriously at risk from no deal Brexit. We must take action to secure...
Michael Gove's ‘pipeline of support’ for farmers – how are the tests and trials going?
Alongside all the changes ahead due to Brexit, a new farm support scheme will hit major development phase in 2019. Secretary of State for Defra...
Celebrating Sustain's achievements in 2018
In a speech at our AGM, Sustain's Chair Professor Mike Rayner runs through some of the charity's achievements of the last year.
Michael Gove wants more fairness and more legal duties for fishing. Sounds Good!
Ruth Westcott considers this weeks news of a 'bolstered' Fishing Bill: If Government is serious about fairness, it's time...
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.