Campaigning for good trade that benefits people and the planet at home and overseas.
We put sustainable food, farming and fishing, and good trade on the agenda of decision makers. We advocate for trade that guarantees people in the UK can enjoy a supply of food that is safe, affordable and good for our health, animal welfare, and the environment. We want to see precious natural resources protected and damaging emissions that cause climate change reduced. We also want to be sure that farmers and food producers at home and abroad can make a decent living.
According to Which? 95% of UK consumers support maintaining existing food standards and over 2.65 million consumers signed petitions.
More than 5k Sustain members and allies wrote to MPs to protect food standards.
Sustain recruited more than 1000 farmers to call for high food standards in trade.
Government made the Trade and Agriculture Commission statutory and pledged expert members on animal welfare and the environment.
Six steps the UK Government can take to promote child health in trade
1Assert the right to regulate for health in negotiating objectives for all trade deals
2Publish the impact of any new trade deal on long term dietary health and nutrition
3Save our standards and ensure safe, nutritional ingredients and labelling
4Reject corporate courts that would allow junk food companies to challenge public health legislation
5Join up government between departments of health and international trade
6Be transparent with well-timed parliamentary scrutiny and
For more information on the impact of trade on child health in the UK, please see Sustain’s Trick or Trade report.
Government's own report shows increasing public support for maintaining UK food standards in trade and protecting farmers
16 Sep 2021
Ministers have dropped key climate goals in exchange for a trade deal with Australia
8 Sep 2021
Trade and Agriculture Commission chair ‘beyond frustrated’ by lack of government response on trade report
6 Sep 2021
Current areas of work
Advocating for the protection of food, farming and fishing standards, supporting the work of the Future British Standards Coalition.
Lobbying for the protection of pesticide and antibiotics policies from future trade deals.
Promoting trade policies that protect and enhance child health.
Raising awareness of the impact of trade on the climate and nature emergency.
Trick or Trade: The impacts of Free Trade Agreements on food environments and child obesity (Executive summary)