As an alliance, Sustain literally is its membership. Membership is open to national organisations which do not distribute profits to private shareholders and which therefore operate in the public interest.
The organisations must be wholly or partly interested in food or farming issues and support the general aims and work of the alliance. Support for particular projects or campaigns is on an "opt in" basis, so membership of Sustain does not mean that an organisation gives its backing to each Sustain initiative.
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The Agricultural Christian Fellowship is open to all Christians in all branches of Agriculture, Horticulture and related activities. It exists to help them to make a Christian response to the many blessings, challenges and problems they face.
Alexandra Rose Charity promotes Rose Vouchers for fruit and veg. This project supports pregnant women and families living on low incomes to eat more healthily and improve their health and wellbeing.
The alliance is a federation of allergy patient support groups, including Action Against Allergy, British Allergy Foundation, Latex Allergy Association, Migraine Action and National Eczema Society.
The ASC aims to transform aquaculture towards environmental sustainability and social responsibility using efficient market mechanisms that create value across the chain. The ASC also runs a sustainable farmed fish certification and labelling programme.
This site explains the function of Public Analysts, gives information relating to the Association and provides contact information for each of the laboratories within the Association.
Baby Milk Action is a non-profit organisation which aims to save lives and to end the avoidable suffering caused by inappropriate infant feeding. Baby Milk Action works within a global network to strengthen independent, transparent and effective controls on the marketing of the baby feeding industry.
Behaviour Change works with government, business and civil society to make it easier, cheaper and more appealing for people to lead sustainable lives. Their work divides into two main areas:campaigns and consulting. They develop and manage charitable campaigns aiming to advance specific sustainable behaviours. They use their expertise to advise and assist organisations that share their goals.
Beyond GM’s campaigning focus is on public engagement. Their aim is to raise awareness of the risks involved with GMOs and the benefits of agro-ecological alternatives. Campaigns are colourful, accessible and encourage public participation.
Founded on a holistic and spiritual understanding of nature and the human being's role within it, Biodynamic Agriculture builds on more than 75 years of world wide farming experience. At its heart is the idea of the farm as a self-contained evolving organism, whose life relies on home produced compost manures and animal feeds, and in which external inputs are kept to a minimum.
The Bio-Dynamic Agricultural College offers distant learning courses in Biodynamic farming and gardening. The certified diploma in biodynamic farming and gardening provides two years of work based training supplemented by forty seminar days.
BASCD is the UK’s professional association for the science, philosophy and practice of promoting the oral health of populations and groups in society. The British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry was founded in 1973 by leading dental professionals concerned with the needs of populations and groups in society, with a specific emphasis on preventing and controlling oral diseases and conditions.
The British Dietetic Association is a trade union and professional body representing the professional, educational, public and workplace interests of the UK dietetic workforce. We seek to use our expertise to develop and influence policy relating to dietetics and nutrition.
National charity helping people to protect and enhance their local countryside and to keep it beautiful, productive and enjoyable for everyone.
The work of the CWT is particularly targeted towards vulnerable groups and people who need special help. They have produced nutritional and practical guidelines for school meals, older people in residential and nursing homes , community meals and under 5s in childcare.
CAWR drives innovative, transdisciplinary research on the understanding and development of resilient food and water systems in the UK, Europe and globally, especially in Africa and Asia. Through its focus on food and water CAWR develops and integrates new knowledge in social and agroecological processes, as well as examining the pivotal role communities play in developing resistance. The centre is hosted at Ryton Organic Gardens, Garden Organic (Henry Doubleday Research Association) a research charity that has been at the forefront of organic farming and sustainable horticulture since 1954. CAWR draws on the decades of experience in the organic sector and has on-site access to greenhouses, poly-tunnels and open field research grounds for replicated trials. Unique to the centre is the incorporation of the co-generation of knowledge with citizen-consumers and the participation of farmers, growers and other stakeholders in transdisciplinary research.
The Centre works on how public policy affects food - what people eat, how it is grown, processed, distributed and consumed. The remit is wide, covering everything from farm to fork.
The Group carries out research which contributes to a better assessment of the burden of chronic disease and develops effective methods for promoting health. It also aims to help build capacity for health promotion research and to influence health promotion policy and practice in the UK.
The mission of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health is to maintain, enhance and promote improvements in public and environmental health.
CPAG has been fighting poverty in the UK for more than 30 years. We will continue to lobby Government and campaign for policies to improve the lives of people living in poverty for as long as is necessary.
A not-for-profit environmental organisation campaigning to stop plastic pollution - from the city to the sea. Their mission is to connect their actions to the oceans, by giving people and businesses from all backgrounds simple ways to make a significant difference. They exist to awaken active hope, champion practical solutions and inspire positive action that serves to protect and restore wildlife, rivers and seas.
Based in Kent, Commonwork is a study centre and 500-acre organic dairy farm committed to exploring how to live and work more sustainably and co-operatively through hands-on learning. Local food and farming are at the heart of our education programmes and social enterprises.
Community Food and Health Scotland aims to ensure that everyone in Scotland has the opportunity, ability and confidence to obtain a healthy and acceptable diet for themselves, their families and their communities.
The CSA Network aims to bring together CSA groups and enterprises from across the UK, to share their skills and knowledge and promote a fairer, more transparent model of food production, where the risks and rewards are shared.
Compassion in World Farming campaign through peaceful protest and lobbying and by raising awareness of the issue of farm animal welfare.
The Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) is a group of specialists concerned with salt and its effects on health. It is working to reach a consensus with the food industry over the harmful effects of a high salt diet, and bring about a reduction in the amount of salt in processed foods as well as salt added to cooking, and the table.
Diabetes UK is the leading charity working for people with diabetes. They fund research, campaign and help people to live with the condition.
Eating Better is a UK-based civil society alliance that is working together to help people move towards eating less meat and dairy foods and more food that’s better for us and the planet, as part of the vital task of creating sustainable food and farming systems.
FPH is the professional home for more than 3,000 professionals working in public health. Their members come from a diverse range of professional backgrounds (including clinical, academic, policy) and are employed in a variety of settings, usually working at a strategic or specialist level.
The Fairtrade Foundation exists to ensure a better deal for marginalised and disadvantaged third world producers. The Foundation awards a consumer label, the FAIRTRADE Mark, to products which meet internationally recognised standards of fair trade.
Through policy advocacy, research and supportive networking, the FFA aims to promote the values and benefits of family farms in the UK. Its membership is open to individuals wishing to join the worldwide movement to save the family farm. The Family Farmers' Association has published a Farming Manifesto and would welcome signatories and support. Download Farming Manifesto as 86kb PDF
FareShare uses surplus, fit for consumption, food to feed those suffering from food poverty in the UK. Now in its 25th anniversary year, FareShare obtains surplus food from the food industry and uses volunteers to deliver it to 11,000 charities across the UK, who feed nearly 1,000,000 servings each week.
Farms Not Factories is a nonprofit organisation working collaboratively through film-making and campaigning to support the work of the 'food sovereignty' movement. They expose the true costs of cheap meat from animal factories in order to inspire people to make better food choices that enable local, healthy and fair farming systems - for people, animals and the planet.
Feedback is a campaign group working to regenerate nature by transforming our food system. To do this we challenge power, catalyse action and empower people to achieve positive change.
The Trust undertakes research, provides information and promotes better food and nutrition from pre-conception to 5 years.
The Food Ethics Council works to create food systems that are fair to people, planet and animals. We nurture dialogue, engage in deliberative thinking and undertake research to support civil society organisations, businesses and government in their own work on sustainable food and farming.
The Food Foundation is an independent think tank that tackles the growing challenges facing the UK’s food system in the interests of the UK public. They provide clear analysis of the problems caused by the food system and the role of policy and practice in addressing these. They develop and articulate food policies that support and guide the UK public to make choices that improve their health and well-being and they inform and generate demand for new and better public and private sector policy and practice.
Food Matters is a national food policy and advocacy charity. They encourage and support change towards sustainable, fair food systems.
To research food policy and food governance in order to further more sustainable, healthy and equitable foods systems and food supply.
FoodCycle build communities through the provision of a three-course meal for people who are experiencing hunger and loneliness. They currently have 38 projects nationally and open our doors to 1,200 people per week. FoodCycle's activities include rescuing surplus food (from which the meal is made); recruiting and training volunteers, to transport, cook, host the meal and do activities such as guest outreach and marketing of their project locally; liaising with surplus food suppliers; liaising with local venues and community organisations.
Forum for the Future - the sustainable development charity - works in partnership with leading organisations in business and the public sector. Our vision is of business and communities thriving in a future that is environmentally sustainable and socially just. We believe that a sustainable future can be achieved and that it is the only way business and communities will prosper.
Friends of the Earth is the largest international network of environmental groups in the world, represented in 68 countries, one of the leading environmental pressure groups in the UK and a unique network of campaigning local groups, working in 250 communities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
GAIA is a non-profit charitable organisation based in north east London that initiates and co-ordinates environmental and socio-economic projects at strategic and grass-roots level.
The charity brings together thousands of people who share a common belief - that organic growing is essential for a healthy and sustainable world. Through campaigning, advice, community work and research, their aim is to get everyone growing ‘the organic way’.
Global Justice Now (formerly World Development Movement) are a democratic social justice organisation working as part of a global movement to challenge the powerful and create a more just and equal world. They mobilise people in the UK for change, and act in solidarity with those fighting injustice, particularly in the global south.
GM Freeze is working to help create a world in which our food is produced responsibly, fairly and sustainably. We consider and raise the profile of concerns about the impact of genetic modification. We inform, inspire, represent and support those who share our concerns. We campaign for a moratorium on GM food and farming in the UK and oppose the patenting of genetic resources.
The GMB is a general union of 700,000 people of whom nearly 40% are women.The three capital letters GMB is the registered name of the union. The union today is the sum of a number of mergers of longstanding trades unions covering several production and service sectors and trades.
Green Alliance is a charity and independent think tank focused on achieving ambitious leadership for the environment. Since 1979, they have been working with a growing network of influential leaders in business, NGOs and politics to stimulate new thinking and dialogue on environmental policy, and increase political action and support for environmental solutions in the UK. Their projects involve in depth research and advocacy by our experts, often in partnership with other organisations and interests. High profile events and specialist seminars provide important opportunities for dialogue with key decision makers. Green Alliance also host Inside Track as a home for debate on UK environmental policy and politics. As well as providing our own views, this is a popular platform for perspectives from other leading commentators.
Growing Communities' mission is to create a fair and sustainable food system by providing people with real, practical alternatives to the current damaging food system: transforming food and farming through community-led trade. Their vision of a fair and sustainable food system takes the form of a diagram called the Food Zones which aims to show what we could be eating, how it should be produced and where it might come from, if we are to meet the challenge of climate change and make our food and farming system fit for a future in which our supplies of energy and resources will be constrained.
Health Education Trust is a UK registered charity, formed to promote the development of health education for young people in the UK. The Health Education Trust is dedicated to initiating and supporting work with young people (children and teenagers, young adults, students, pupils) to encourage the growth of healthy lifestyles.
Hubbub is a charity that creates environmental campaigns with a difference. We're positive and design playful campaigns that inspire people to make healthier, greener lifestyle choices, which more often than not help save money and bring people together.
The aims of the group are; to help and support hyperactive children and their parents, conduct research, promote investigation into the incidence of hyperactivity in the U.K., investigate its causes and treatments and to spread information concerning the condition.
Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) seeks to connect and support grassroots independent food aid providers, to provide a voice for these groups by advocating on their behalf at a national level, and to campaign for food security for all and the end for the need of emergency food aid in the UK.
IIED is a policy and action research organisation which promote sustainable development to improve livelihoods and protect the environments on which these livelihoods are built. IIED specialise in linking local priorities to global challenges across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific. They work with some of the worlds most vulnerable people to strengthen their voice in the decision-making arenas that affect them — from village councils to international conventions.
Keep Britain Tidy helps people to improve where they live and how they live focusing on three goals: reducing litter, improving parks and green spaces and ending waste by being resourceful. We facilitate positive change for people and communities by working in collaboration with other organisations and individuals including businesses, government, volunteers and our civil society partners We influence others to enable improvements through social innovation and research, setting standards for high quality places, influencing policy and delivering programmes and services.
Kindling is working towards a just and ecologically sustainable society. They work with communities, farmers, practitioners, activists, and policy makers to create and support progressive projects that bring about lasting and genuine change. They aim to catalyse social change through progressive yet practical projects, with a long term aim to establish a rural base where they can bring together, demonstrate and build on all three strands of their work: sustainable production, sustainable living and sustainable activism.
The Alliance is a producer-led organisation of small-scale producers and family farmers who use sustainable methods to produce food, fuel and fibre. They raise awareness of the role that our members play in providing food security, environmental stewardship, livelihoods, strong communities, animal welfare and high-quality affordable food. They work to overcome the obstacles land-based workers face by building alliances, encouraging solidarity and campaigning for better policy for agro-ecology and food sovereignty.
LEAF is a farming and environmental charity working with farmers. It is committed to a viable agriculture which is environmentally and socially responsible and ensures the continuity of supply of safe, affordable food, while conserving and enhancing the fabric and wildlife of the British countryside for future generations. It is responsible for the LEAF Marque labelling scheme.
Magic Breakfast ensures that no child in our partner schools is too hungry to learn by providing healthy breakfast food and expert support to help identify and reach those pupils at risk of hunger.
The Marine Conservation Society works to create seas rich in wildlife, abundant fish stocks and pollution-free beaches and bathing waters. It is a registered charity, funded by grants and donations, with 5000 members and its activities include producing popular guides to sustainable seafood for the public and professionals.
The Marine Stewardship Council is the sustainable seafood standard setting body and is also a registered charity. As well as setting this standard and administering the trademark ecolabel, the Council also promotes the standard so more organisations use it and people buy more certified products.
The WI is the largest voluntary organisation for women. Through close community ties and wide-ranging activities, the WI plays a unique role in enabling women to turn their interests into achievements and their concerns into campaigns.
The Trust looks after special places, for ever, for everyone. It conserves and promotes access to natural and cultural heritage in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including through education and volunteering.
Natural England conserves and enhances the natural environment, for its intrinsic value, the wellbeing and enjoyment of people and the economic prosperity that it brings.
The New Economics Foundation works to construct a new economy centred on people and the environment. The new economy envisioned includes a new perspective on wealth which emphasises quality of life for the human race and the environment. Founded in 1986, it is now one of the UK's most creative and effective independent think tanks, combining research, advocacy, training and practical action.
Nourish Scotland has many projects and campaigns that cut across food and poverty, health, environment, climate change, and worker rights. They work in partnership with people with lived experience, other civil society organisations, and decision-makers to change policy and practice. For the next 2-5 years their focus is on the Good Food Nation Bill – together with partners in the Scottish Food Coalition they are campaigning for framework legislation on food governance to protect and progress the right to food.
Open Food Network aims to facilitate the development of resilient, local food systems by providing tools and resources to food producers and community food enterprises for online food and drink sales and distribution
The Foundation aims to serve the public interest by improving awareness of, and access to, the means of maintaining better oral health, particularly amongst disadvantaged groups such as those on lower incomes, the disabled, the elderly and ethnic minorities.
Organic Farmers & Growers CIC (OF&G) promotes the well-being of the UK organic food sector, by protecting the integrity of organic standards for the benefit of producers and consumers of organic food, by assisting the activities of other stakeholders in the sector and by acting as an advocate for the sector’s development, and by supporting the development of sustainable agriculture.
Formerly Elm Farm Research Centre, it develops and promotes organic agriculture as the most environmentally sound way of producing healthy food. The Centre also provides information on research, conversion advice, education and policy work on organic food and farming.
The Organic Trade Board (OTB) work to increase organic sales in the UK to make organic an everyday choice. They do this through their successful consumer marketing campaigns. They work with their members, from farmers and start-ups to household brands and big retailers, including organic certifiers, partner organisations and government to achieve these aims.
This Community Interest Company comprises farmers, retailers, academics and anyone wishing to help promote the benefits of pastureland, including to the livestock it supports and the produce we derive from it. It has created the Pastoral brand to provide a distinct identity for ruminant livestock reared purely and simply upon pasture, based on production standards which clearly define what exactly is meant by 'pasture'.
People Need Nature exists to highlight the positive relationship between people and nature and the many benefits that nature provides. It focuses on achieving long-term positive change for nature, rather than short-term fixes.
Permaculture is a way of designing and creating sustainable environments and systems.
An independent charity addressing the health and environmental problems of pesticides and working for a sustainable future.
Plantlife is a British conservation charity working nationally and internationally to save threatened wild flowers, plants and fungi.
RBST conserve UK native livestock breeds by monitoring the number of rare and native breeds, saving genetics in the UK National Gene Bank and promoting the breeding and registration of rare and native breeds.
Adopt a School, incorporating Chefs Adopt a School and Hospitality in Schools, was founded in 1990 and is a national charity which teaches children – in a holistic way – about food, cookery, food provenance and growing, healthy eating, nutrition, hygiene and the importance of eating together. Academy chefs and hospitality professionals deliver sessions, ranging from taste and sensory to advanced practical cookery and front of house, in the classroom, in restaurants and on farms.
The Society was founded in 1876 with the aim of promoting the continuous improvement in human health through education, communication and the encouragement of scientific research.
The RSPCA promotes kindness and prevents cruelty to animals through, for example, re-homing, education (and prosecution, where necessary), campaigning, and setting welfare standards for fram animals and working with industry and government to improve conditions for farm animals.
Since its founding in 1889, the RSPB has grown into Europe's largest wildlife conservation charity, with more than a million members. It has offices across the UK and while its original campaign, to end the plumage trade, was successful, it has widened its sphere of influence to include a huge range of issues that affect both wildlife and habitats.
School Food Matters aims to ensure that every child enjoys fresh, sustainable food at school and understands where their food comes from. The charity works with local authorities, schools, parents and children to improve school meals and support food education through cooking, growing and links with local farms.
The School of Artisan Food exists to teach all aspects of artisan food production. It offers a unique opportunity for people of all skill levels to expand their knowledge through a wide range of short courses, and a one-year Advanced Diploma, regardless of their background or means so that they can contribute to the revived food economy and food culture.
Shared Assets help clients across the public, private and community sectors develop new ways of managing land that are financially sustainable and that create livelihoods and shared public benefits.
Slow Food in the UK is a catalyst for positive and lasting change for people who seek food which is good, clean and fair. They work to break down barriers to a better understanding and help people make informed choices.
Social Farms and Gardens (formerly the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens) is the British (UK) organisation representing groups involved in community led development of open space through locally managed farming and gardening.
The Soil Association was founded in 1946 by a group of farmers, scientists and nutritionists who were concerned about the way our food was produced. Over 50 years they have grown in complexity and scope but at their core remains the fundamental link between healthy soil, healthy food and healthy people.
SOS-UK is NUS’s brand new sustainability and wellbeing charity. It was set up from the ground-breaking work done by NUS’s former sustainability department which became the biggest department within the organisation and outgrew NUS. SOS-UK plan to build on NUS’s successful student-led sustainability and wellbeing projects, programmes and campaigns, allowing them to go much further and faster in response to increasing student demand for our work.
The mission of the Sustainable Food Trust is to accelerate the transition towards more sustainable food systems. Rather than replicating the work of other organisations, we work catalytically on an international scale, building partnerships with individuals and organisations in leadership positions to unlock the barriers to change.
The Sustainable Soils Alliance aims to effect an improved political and public understanding and appreciation of soil that will lead to a reversal of land degradation and the restoration of our nation’s soils to health within one generation. They convene and coordinate the full community of relevant stakeholders; to be a figurehead for the lobby for an effective policy framework to support sustainable land management that will restore and protect our soils, with all associated implications for the natural environment, climate change, public health and food security.
The Country Trust is a small, dynamic national education charity dedicated to bringing alive the working countryside for children who are least able to access it. Since 1978, The Country Trust has made it possible for over half a million disadvantaged young children to experience high quality farm visits, and for farmers and landowners to share with them their passion for food, farming and the countryside. Each year, over 19,000 children from some of Britain’s most deprived families, experience day visits to real working farms, nearly a thousand children benefit from subsidised residential farm stays and more than 1500 pupils engage in our longer-term food discovery programmes, both in school and through visiting farms.
The Urban Orchard Project is a charity dedicated to creating skilled communities to plant, care for and harvest fruit trees, connecting urban communities and increasing access to fruit. Their purpose is to create and restore community orchards, helping communities grow food locally, increasing access to fresh fruit, enhancing urban green spaces and creating cities with a high quality of life for inhabitants.
The Real Farming Trust (then known as the Winged Horse Trust) was formed in 1997 by Colin Tudge and his wife, Ruth West. Its mission is to support and promote food and farming projects and enterprises that adopt agro-ecological methods of farming, seek to localise supply chains and provide employment for and engage with their local communities. It’s vision is that everyone everywhere has access to good, nutritious food whilst protecting the biosphere for future generations.
The brain's essential nutrients are just that - essential to the brain and behaviour. Think Through Nutrition conducts research into the link between nutrition and behaviour, promoting public understanding and working to effect policy change. They are trying to understand where and how nutritional intervention will benefit the community: in schools, social services and the justice system. Potential cost-savings are significant, and the costs of improving nutrition are relatively modest.
This is Rubbish works to reduce industry and supply chain food waste in the UK and beyond, using policy campaigns, education, the arts and public events. Their campaigns include Stop the Rot which has the twin aims of calling for publicly accountable transparency for food waste in the UK food supply chain and for ambitious industry targets to reduce this food waste. The campaign calls for this to happen through voluntary CSR initiatives by UK businesses and through regulation at national and international levels. It is particularly focused on a public petition and lobbying for mandatory food waste reduction targets in the EU circular economy package.
Traidcraft Exchange includes overseas operations in East Africa and South Asia that carry out projects focused upon business development and poverty alleviation. Traidcraft Exchange’s UK operation exists to conduct campaigns and policy research on how international trade can be done in a fairer and more equitable way.
Unchecked UK makes the case for common-sense protections which help keep people safe and allow businesses to thrive. Countering damaging deregulation and the erosion of UK enforcement capacity.
UNISON is Britain's biggest trade union with over 1.3 million members. Our members are people working in the public services, for private contractors providing public services and the essential utilities. They include frontline staff and managers working full or part time in local authorities, the NHS, the police service, colleges and schools, the electricity, gas and water industries, transport and the voluntary sector.
Unite was formed from the Transport and General Workers Union and Amicus, and is an organisation for working people, built on volunteers and founded in collective action. The Agricultural Workers Group continues, in the new union.
The Vegetarian Society is a charity working to represent, support and increase the number of vegetarians in the UK. We provide free information and resources to individuals, schools, the food industry, health professionals and others. We campaign on a range of vegetarian issues, work with the media, run National Vegetarian Week and have our own Cordon Vert cookery school.
Which? champions consumer views on a wide range of issues, including through its extensive range of 'Which?' publications and policy activities.
Wildlife and Countryside Link brings together environmental voluntary organisations in the UK united by their common interest in the conservation and enjoyment of the natural and historic environment.
WEN offers support and guidance on how to take positive, practical action at home and in your local community.
The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF UK) is dedicated to saving lives by funding cancer research and providing education programmes that expand our understanding of the importance of our food and lifestyle choices in the cancer process.
WWOOF UK is a membership charity, teaching people about organic growing and low-impact lifestyles through hands-on experience in the UK.
WWF Scotland aims to ensure that people and wildlife co-exist harmoniously. Their diverse work encompasses tackling overfishing, pollution and increased shipping in UK waters. They are addressing climate change head on by progressing the Climate Change Act of 2009 to reduce 80% of carbon emissions by 2050 and obtain 50% of Scotlands energy from renewable sources by 2030.
The mission of WWF-UK is to conserve species and habitats in the United Kingdom and around the world for the benefit of all life on Earth.
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