Resource Efficient Scotland is offering free support to small and medium sized food businesses in Scotland to help them cut down the surplus they generate.
The Scottish Government have published their Climate Change Plan. Nourish Scotland believe the Plan doesn’t do enough to tackle greenhouse emissions from farms.
A new network is forming to campaign for a Good Food Nation Bill to transforms food in Scotland.
Nourish Scotland are crowdfunding to get producers views heard in upcoming Good Food Nation Bill.
A new report from the Scottish Farm Land Trust examines the critical issue of land availability, looking at the demand for farmland, the barriers to entering the sector, and how a land trust could contribute to a positive future for farming in Scotland.
The first Scottish SUGAR SMART campaigns have launched in Glasgow and Aberdeen, with a strong focus on community engagement and work with local schools.
What should Labour fight for in the post Brexit farm policy era? We will be exploring this at an event on 24th September alongside SERA, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) and The Land Workers' Alliance.
The UK’s departure from the European Union has profound implications for our food, farming and fishing. The Sustain alliance Campaign for a Better Food Britain seeks to ensure the best possible outcome for the UK’s food, farming and fishing industries, for citizens and the environment. Find out more about the Repeal, Trade, Agriculture and Fisheries Bills to come.
Acting on the results of a ground-breaking study, the Scottish Government has launched a taskforce to raise the status and profile of women in agriculture.
Scotland's pioneering Good Food Nation Bill is still at an early stage, but it is already prompting Members of the Scottish Parliament to ask questions about the sort of food supply they want and can achieve.
Nourish Scotland wants all parties contesting the election to safeguard the powers that would allow the country to pursue a more sustainable food policy.
The opportunities and risks of Brexit continue to preoccupy policy makers and Sustain member organisations. We summarise recent activity here.
The Scottish Government, along with Scotland's food and drink industries, is supporting a new food and drink strategy, ‘Ambition 2030’, with a £10 million, three-year funding package.
A group of over 30 organisations, including national charities, businesses and academics, are calling on the UK administrations to commit to eliminating ‘Holiday Hunger’, where children from poorer families struggle to eat a nutritious diet during school holidays.
A concerted effort by government and industry will help more Scottish-grown food find its way onto menus in schools, hospitals and other public settings, to support Scotland's food and drink sector.
Scotland's newly published Draft Climate Change Plan includes an upbeat section on agriculture, which makes the case for low-carbon farming that would be good for both the planet and food producers’ pockets.
As Scotland launches a campaign to encourage vegetable consumption, a survey shows that a third of parents have given up even trying to feed their kids greens.
Nearly 100,000 salmon are reported to have been killed on a single farm, when they were overheated during the use of a new device, the ‘thermolicer’, intended to remove lice from intensively farmed fish.
More young Scots are set to learn to cook healthy meals, thanks to a Big Lottery grant to the Children's Food Trust, which will use the money to train cooking mentors and run after-school cookery clubs.
There is still time to squeeze your items onto the agenda for Community Food and Health Scotland's October conference
Food agency intends to safeguard consumers and if necessary regulate industry to help improve diets and health
A row has broken out over claims by public health authorities that a recent E.coli outbreak was linked to the use of unpasteurised milk.
The initial report of a Scottish government working group on food poverty argues that dignity must be the core principle running through all solutions
Scotland becomes the first country in Europe to commit to a food waste reduction target.
A civil society coalition campaigning for a just transition to a better food system launches in Scotland, calling for a Food, Farming and Health Act
Food Standards Scotland have developed a raft of proposals, including a sugar tax, to address Scotland's poor diet.
The British Medical Association in Scotland is calling for all primary school children in Scotland to get a free portion of fruit or veg each day.
A new group has been set up by the Scottish Government to investigate the country's increasing reliance on food banks.
New official statistics show that alcohol-related deaths in Scotland are still almost double what they were in the early 1990s.
The Scottish government has announced new figures showing an increase of 24% in the food and drink sector since 2008.
With disputes between Scottish scampi fishermen in the news again, Sustain member the New Economics Foundation explains the policy options for the Scottish government.
Scottish rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead has announced the country will ban the growing of genetically modified foods.
A new study commissioned by NHS Health Scotland explores the prevalence and nature of food poverty and insecurity in Scotland.
Scottish Government are consulting on the future of the agricultural wages board. Responses are due in by 31 July. See Sustain member Unite the Union's response.
Revised standards for Scottish hospital food are to be introduced later this year.
Farming practices which balance the needs of the land with those of people have a huge part to play in safeguarding food security, a major new study has found. It found that agroecology – food production that makes the best use of nature’s goods and services while not damaging precious resources – can help maintain agricultural productivity.
A motion has been tabled in the Scottish Parliament welcoming the Seafood in Schools project.
The Scottish Government have proposed new measures prohibiting harmful fishing activities in Marine Protected Areas.
Scottish doctors have called for a tax on sugary drinks to tackle Scotland’s spiralling obesity crisis, at today's Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh special conference on obesity.
Today the Herald Scotland newspaper has declared that a sugary drinks duty is "a tax worth investigating in the fight against obesity".
Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Food, chose a Real Bread Campaign supporter bakery to launch a new £70m support scheme for Scottish food and drink businesses.
Tying in with the Real Bread Campaign's call for an Honest Crust Act, The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has issued new guidance on the use of words often seen in loaf marketing.
Get your applications in for the next round of the Scottish Community Food Fund which aims to promote local food and drink. Financed by the Scottish government, the fund would welcome applications from community food and health groups that want to support the development of food trails and network or establish local food and drink events. The closing date for applications is 4th June.
Find out where the different political parties stand on food and farming issues. Sustain has compiled their positions on food and farming as stated in the 2015 general election main manifestos.
Find out where the different political parties stand on fishing and the marine environment. Sustain has compiled their positions as stated in the 2015 general election main manifestos.
In a bid to improve diet related ill health, the Scottish Food Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced the 16 members of the new Scottish Food Commission. Scotland has one of the poorest diet-related health records in the world. The Food Commission, set up in the wake of the Good Food Nation report and consultation, hopes to help reverse this. The chair has been announced as former head chef Shirley Spear who will be working with industry, education and public health experts to improve the country's attitude to food. See also Sustain's work on food and farming policy here.
Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced a 25 point plan to support the Scottish dairy industry. The plan focuses on improving domestic opportunities as well as developing lucrative oversease markets for Scottish dairy products. The Scottish government argue this will improve the resilience of the dairy sector.
Council leaders, Andrew Burns and Gordon Matheson, signed a progressive pledge in support of the Church of Scotland's 'Food Justice Movement', to tackle food poverty in their cities.As well as seeking changes on their home turf and in Scottish Government, they are encouraging other parts of the UK to match their commitments and develop their own plans to tackle the causes of food poverty. Sustain will be launching a new camapign on food poverty in Spring 2015.
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