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 identifies causes of decline of UK fishing - and it isn't just the EU
The report points to overfishing and UK policy as factors in the decline of UK fishing, and therefore that leaving the EU alone...
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.
No deal Brexit will be as disruptive as a disease outbreak, says NFU President
The President of the National Farmers Union, Minette Batters, has told the Guardian that a no deal Brexit would be as disruptive to farming as an...
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...
UK’s food companies told to relabel products in event of Brexit No Deal
The UK Government has advised UK food companies that in the event of a No Deal they will have to change the labels on their products.
No deal Brexit: Farming Minister claims government will suspend food tariffs, despite farming concerns
Farming minister George Eustice has said the Government will suspend tariffs to stabilise food prices in the event of a No Deal Brexit, despite...
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...
Food and farming in 2019 – what’s going to happen?
The Agriculture Bill, a new Environmental Land Management scheme, the development of a National Food Strategy and increasing climate breakdown...
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...
Why agroecology should be part of the future of UK farming
The UK’s post-EU Agricultural Bill - released as a draft in September - is now passing through further stage for approval. Whilst it proposes...
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.