Progress is being made by restaurants and bars to improve their farm animal welfare standards although they still lag behind retailers.This is according to the latest Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, supported by Compassion in World Farming.
As Donald Trump's language becomes increasingly bellicose about possible steel trade wars, the UK has been warned it will have to concede 'everything' in order to secure a trade deal.
Today, Farmer's Guardian posted a story in which Andrew Percy MP was quoted as saying comments against American chlorinated chicken feed 'anti-American bigotry'.
A new report finds that Nestlé misleads and manipulates customers over the nutritional claims in its baby formula. It also contradicts its own nutritional advice in different countries.
An alliance of high street brands launch a voluntary Code of Practice that includes a sugar reduction target of 20 per cent, as set out in the Childhood Obesity Plan.
It is exactly one year since the Groceries Code Adjudicator consultation (1) closed and yet we still haven't had a response from the Government. Today Sustain welcomes the new small businesses minister to post and calls on him to put this at the top of his new to do list.
Ahead of the Government's 25 Year Environment Plan released tomorrow, Sustain respond with some of the issues they hope will be addressed relating to food and farming. To help keep track of this long wish list - they've produced a bingo card and will be hoping for a full house.
Local food champion, urban forager, innovative chef and community organiser Rachel de Thample tells the story of her journey into the field of good food.
The Marine Conservation Society are asking the public to sign their petition to introduce levies on single use plastic items. They believe that plastic cups, cutlery, straws, bottles, lids and stirrers are too cheap and their price doesn’t reflect the damage they do to nature.
SUGAR SMART Lewisham celebrated the new phase of their impactful campaign at Goldsmiths University. Lewisham's ‘people power’ is being harnessed to start a social movement to reach more local communities and further reduce the amount of sugar residents eat.
Brexit looms large over the agricultural sector, and the ORFC is no exception. The changes ahead look set to be seismic – for farmers and workers, for those in the food movement, for policy watchers, for policy makers and, clearly, for all of us as consumers.
Sustain's Chair Professor Mike Rayner reflects on alliance successes over the past year, speaking at Sustain's Annual Gathering in November 2017. The experiences of the past year suggest that this is the time for the Sustain alliance to prove its full worth.
A new Department for Business, Energy & Industrial (BEIS) Strategy published today sets out how government intends to be "building a Britain fit for the future – how we will help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs with investment in the skills, industries and infrastructure of the future." Several sections relate to food production.
Read the review of Sustain’s activities and achievements for this financial year.
A Whiskey group has lost a five year battle to stop the Scottish government introducing price controls in alcohol. The court ruled that minimum pricing on alcohol was legal on health grounds under EU law.
The short film - ‘One Day a Week’ - highlights the huge environmental impact of animal agriculture and encourages people to eat less meat.
There was excellent news today for Sustain members who have been working for several years to see a ban on a pesticide that harms bees and other insects. DEFRA Secretary of State Gove announced the UK would vote in the EU for a ban on its use.
A peer reviewed report shows that NGOs opposition to genome editing is not due to irrational emotion. Opposition is often grounded on more general scepticisms concerning the framing of the problem and its solutions.
European scientists have raised the alarm after a study 27 years in the making found the biomass of flying insects in nature protected areas has declined by more than 75% since 1990.
Thousands of volunteers are needed across the country at the end of November and beginning of December to gather store cupboard essentials and surplus food for the FareShare Christmas Food Drive.
The UK’s Faculty of Public Health (FPH) believe that this year’s Autumn Budget is critical. The uncertainties around Brexit and how it will impact policy change on population health and health inequalities are set against cuts to key public health services.
UNISON argue that we shouldn’t believe the FSA when they say there are no plans to scrap independent meat inspectors.
A deposit scheme for cans and bottles - similar to milk bottle collection or the old Irn-Bru bottle scheme - could save local authorities up to £35 million a year, according to new research partly funded by Sustain members.
This year a new award from the Fairtrade Foundation and the National Union of Students is being piloted to encourage students to deepen their engagement with issues around trade, power and supply chains.
China is speeding the introduction of the country’s first ever comprehensive animal welfare legislation, having worked closely with Sustain member the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ international advocacy team.
The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, last week launched the Sustainable Soils Alliance (SSA) warning that “we have incentivised and encouraged a type of farming in this country which has damaged soil.”
Emmanuel Macron supports a new type of contract based on farmers’ production costs.
Sustain has submitted evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger's inquiry into the extent and causes of hunger amongst older people in Britain.
A petition to stop the Food Standard Agency’s proposals to change who carries out meat inspections has reached the milestone of 100,000 signatures.
The Centre for Food Policy is holding a public seminar on creating a US food system based on “food with values” rather than "cheap food.”
Nourish Scotland are crowdfunding to get producers views heard in upcoming Good Food Nation Bill.
Sustain welcomes a new government initiative which helps small scale farmers and food producers supply to schools, hospitals and the forces.
An Australian university finds that artificial sweeteners can increase risk of diabetes, but Diabetes UK are sceptical of their findings.
Study led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine with the University of Cambridge found adding a 10p levy to sugary drinks sold in Jamie’s Italian restaurants resulted in a decline in sales.
A plan for a radical overhaul to Britain's food and farming system makes the case for devoting more land and support to plant proteins. It argues this would represent a four-way win: the food produced would be sustainable, healthy, affordable and ethical.
At Sustain we are celebrating the people and potential of sustainable food. But we are also mindful that millions of people still do not enjoy 'food security'. A report being launched in London to mark World Food Day spells out what this means.
Dominant agri-food firms have become too big to feed humanity sustainably, too big to operate on equitable terms with other players in the food system, and too big to drive the types of innovation we need, according to a new report.
A whistleblower who worked for the Food Standards Agency reveals that meat inspectors are routinely bullied, and sometimes assaulted, while doing their jobs in slaughterhouses.
Despite being asked to do so under the Modern Slavery Act, a new report shows that some food companies are failing to assess and report known risks of modern slavery in their supply chains -- but there are also examples of good practice in the food sector.
Defra secretary Michael Gove has said that when the UK leaves the EU, there may be a case for reintroducing the scheme that allowed migrant workers to come to the UK temporarily to work in the food sector.
The UK's efforts to forge vital new trade deals to replace EU trading arrangements are reported to have hit a major snag, with global partners objecting to the suggested allocations of trade quotas.
The Natural Capital Committee, which advises the Government on the sustainable use of natural resources, has produced guidance for the anticipated 25-year Plan for the Environment, prioritising clean air and water, security against flooding, and continued compliance with greenhouse gas reduction targets.
The Government's new Clean Growth Strategy contains many admirable proposals, but also has some major omissions, including on agriculture, finds Sustain member Friends of the Earth.
The conservation NGO WWF has produced a blueprint for the Government's long-awaited 25-Year Environment Plan for England. In the wake of the EU referendum, the plan provides a unique opportunity to improve the way we manage our natural resources.
Bought pesto. A survey by the campaign group CASH found shockingly high salt levels in some brands of pesto sauce, and is urging Public Health England to call the food industry to account, as the deadline looms for Government salt-reduction targets.
Sustain member GM Freeze has welcomed a new study that shows a huge increase in the number of pest insects evolving resistance to the GM Bt crops engineered to kill them.
Garden Organic's project, set up to conserve ancient orchards, nears its conclusion. Its achievements include not just the orchards it has saved but also the 'Orchard Champions' trained to protect them and now using their skills to save others.
On 28th October the Don't Ditch Fairtrade Coalition is organising a Day of Action to let Sainsbury's know it should stick with the widely respected Fairtrade scheme, rather than replace it with their own 'Fairly Traded' label. Find out how to take action here.
On 24 October, at simultaneous events in London, Edinburgh and Cardiff, retailiers, restaurateurs, caterers, growers, campaigners and others will gather to find out how the food system can be transformed to boost vegetable production and consumption throughout Britain.
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.
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