Sustain project reports
April – June 2016

Crunch Ambassador Network
Contact Maria Deveraux, maria@sustainweb.org; https://thecrunch.wellcome.ac.uk

  • 790 ambassadors recruited
  • 11 networking events held

With a target of 500 Ambassadors we have now have exceeded this by more than 50% and signups are still on the increase. Ambassador networking events have been held up and down the country, from Bournemouth to Glasgow engaging local Ambassadors about food, health and the planet. Many Ambassadors are also now organising their own local events and liaising with schools who have now all received a science kit from The Crunch.

 

Campaign for Better Hospital Food
Contact Katherine Button (after 6 October), www.sustainweb.org/hospitalfood/

  • Following on from our Healthier Food Procurement Workshop held at City Hall, we have established a very productive working relationship with NHS England
  • We attended the UNISON Health Conference to raise awareness of the new NHS England CQUIN targets for healthier NHS staff and visitor food, and supported the UNISON hospital food report
  • Work has begun to challenge NHS food suppliers to release details of the efforts they are making towards meeting CQUIN healthier eating targets, and compliance with standards for patient food
  • Mapping the quality of hospital food across London progresses apace and we will soon have a draft survey to send to trusts

NHS England’s new mandatory CQUIN targets, measurably influenced by our campaign and alliance activities, are a significant opportunity to set the NHS on a track towards creating a healthier hospital food environment, for the benefit of patients, visitors and NHS staff. Our strategy to maximise this potential for improvement is to raise awareness across the public-sector, and the commercial caterers that supply hospitals, that these new targets are in place (there is low awareness and a one-year window for compliance, extending to two years for implementation), and what is considered good practice among hospital leaders. We will map how the quality of food and the food environment in individual hospitals meets with these standards as a benchmark, and challenge commercial suppliers of hospital food to work to meet the targets. In so doing, we are reminding them, that they will be helping hospitals where to meet full compliance and draw down essential funds that might otherwise be withheld.

With these aims in mind, we are collecting responses from hospital caterers and food suppliers who have answered our challenge for information on their plans. We are also maintaining pressure on those businesses to do more to improve their food offer to hospitals – in consultation with NHS England. We have also built up an extensive database of London hospitals and have drafted a hospital food survey that, once completed, will go out to all London Acute hospitals to find out how this section of the hospital food environment is performing and build the case for independent monitoring.

 

Capital Growth 
Contact Julie Riehl, Maddie Guerlain or Sarah Williams, www.capitalgrowth.org

  • The Big Dig took place on Saturday 16th April, with 49 gardens taking part, with over 550 visitors including 200 who were visiting for the first time
  • The Capital Growth network event was a success in giving 50 growers a chance to get together to discuss health and wellbeing in their gardens, held at pioneering Sydenham Gardens
  • Two publications were relaunched: Growing Enterprise Guide and Reaping Rewards, to highlight findings of the Harvest-ometer which has recorded 40 tonnes of produce grown by local community groups, valued at over £288,000

This spring, Capital Growth celebrated the 5th annual Big Dig open day and volunteering opportunities, coordinated by Sustain, with gardens also taking part in London, Manchester and Newcastle through the Big Dig network. Of the gardens taking part in London, 86% said it was useful or very useful, and 100% said they would like to take part next year or would consider it within their community project.

One garden leader commented, “The spirit of the Big Dig is what community gardening is about.” The day, now run as a part of Capital Growth’s new London Grows initiative, was successful in attracting new visitors, demonstrating the effectiveness of city-wide open days to help attract new people in community growing spaces. Another gardener said of the day, “We had a couple of new gardeners come along and some visitors said they would come back on our regular dig days. We also had loads of people sign up to our email newsletter.”

In May, Capital Growth partnered with London’s Borough Market to hold a Growing Enterprise workshop for small-scale growers interested to learn more about selling produce at the market. Around 10 people representing as many groups participated and began to plan ideas to work together on a trial ‘London Local’ produce stall at Borough during Urban Food Fortnight in September. An updated Growing Enterprise Guide was also launched for the event, with advice, models and resources for urban growers interested in enterprise initiatives and money-making through food growing for their project.

In June, Capital Growth held a seasonal network event at the beautiful and pioneering Sydenham Gardens in south London. The focus of the event was on health and well-being in the garden, with workshops on horticulture therapy and speakers including Tom Gallagher, director of Sydenham Gardens, and Bruno Lacey, creator of Urban Growth. One attendee commented on the event, “What would we do without you? You bring it all together.”

The team also continued to support Garden Organic with running Food Growing Schools: London, in particular engaging schools in training and running a Harvest-ometer Challenge to see how much food schools could grow by weight and value, with 60 schools signing up.

An update to our Reaping Rewards II report was also launched this spring, summarising new data from the Harvest-ometer. The report shows that during the first two years of its use, over 40 tonnes of produce was grown and valued at over £288,000. Using factored average yields, the data was used to estimate the potential productivity of the entire Capital Growth network, which could be more than 380 tonnes, worth over £2 million.

Capital Growth also collaborated with the Groundspring Network and Organic Growers Alliance to write Future Farmers II, a guide to running a farm-based agro-ecological traineeship. The document is aimed at farmers interested in doing so, with a step-by-step guide on things to consider and how to go about starting out. It also contains a number of great case studies to inspire farmers and trainees alike.

 

Children’s Food Campaign
Contact Malcolm Clark, www.sustainweb.org/childrensfoodcampaign/

  • Work begins on ensuring sugary drinks tax becomes law and is implemented effectively, despite new efforts by the food and drinks industry to squash this work following the EU Referendum
  • Campaign marshals a co-ordinated response to the Committee of Advertising Practice consultation on non-broadcast marketing of food and drink to children
  • Children’s Food Campaign becomes a steering group member of the new Obesity Health Alliance

Since Osborne’s 2016 Budget announcement of a Soft Drinks Industry Levy, the Children’s Food Campaign has been helping to co-ordinate civil society response and ensure that the voices for the levy remain louder and more listened to than that of the industry and of libertarian pressure groups such as the Tax Payers Alliance. Together with Cancer Research UK and Action on Sugar, we have been at the forefront of media and political responses to the Food & Drink Federation and British Soft Drinks Association’s attempts to stymie the Levy. We have worked with the Obesity Health Alliance (see below), to produce an up-to-date briefing for policy makers, and to hold meetings with the Treasury to discuss the next stages of implementation of the Levy. We have been liaising with academics in the UK and internationally to identify the research that will support our submission when the Treasury holds a public consultation this summer on aspects of the Levy’s implementation.

The other big news this quarter has been the Committee of Advertising Practice finally launching its consultation on non-broadcast marketing of food and drink to children. The fact there is a consultation on tightening the rules for online and other non-broadcast forms of marketing is testament to the success of our campaigning over the past few years. But there is still much to battle over in the consultation itself, as well as some significant exclusions. We have sought expert advice from academics and marketing consultants, as well as conducting several rounds of discussions with Children’s Food Campaign working party members on the details of our joint submission. The consultation itself runs until 22nd July and we will be organising further activities to press our positions further.

In May, Malcolm gave a keynote presentation at the EduCatering Forum in London. It was a chance for us to raise our concerns on the stalling of school food reforms, in particular the lack of progress by the Department for Education (DfE) on monitoring and evaluation of the revised school food standards and the impact of Universal Infant Free School Meals.

The Children’s Food Campaign has been a member of the Obesity Health Alliance (OHA) – a coalition of over 30 organisations committed to share expertise and support Government to tackle the issue of overweight and obesity in the UK – since its inception last year. Our campaigning and policy expertise is valued by the coalition and we were invited in June to join the steering group, and have a greater input into briefings and meetings with ministers and civil servants. See: http://obesityhealthalliance.org.uk/

We would like to thank British Heart Foundation for their support and grant funding of Children’s Food Campaign’s junk food marketing work since 2009. That funding finished this quarter, and we are pleased to confirm we have secured funding from Children’s Health Fund and another grant funder for this financial year, particularly to continue our work around the sugary drinks tax.

 

Children’s Health Fund
Contact Gloria Davies-Coates, www.childrenshealthfund.org.uk

  • The Children's Health Fund, demonstrating what can be achieved by a ring-fenced sugary drinks levy, has distributed grants totalling £50,000 from its first funding round and focused on drinking water provision
  • 26 organisations from 11 UK regions have received funding
  • The second round of funding, focused on holiday food provision, will open in July 2016

The Children's Health Fund team has distributed its first set of grants totalling £50,000 for projects focused on drinking water provision. The funding round attracted over 500 applicants with 160 completed applications going forward for shortlisting. The Children's Health Fund Board met in May to judge shortlisted applications and decided where to allocate grants.

Schools, a community farm, BMX club, a Special Olympics team and local parks were among the projects that have received funding for drinking water provision. A full list of organisations in receipt of funding can be found on the Children’s Health Fund website in the Grants section.

The second round of funding will focus on holiday food provision and will open in July 2016 with funding allocated in December, to bridge the holiday gap in healthy food provision for children whose families live on a low income and are in receipt of free school meals. The Children’s Health Fund Board will meet in November to judge shortlisted applications and decide where best to allocate the funds.

 

Sustainable Farming Policy
Contact Kath Dalmeny, www.sustainweb.org/foodandfarmingpolicy/

  • Sustain members and others convened for joint food and farming response to EU Referendum
  • Substantial funding for our ‘million better jobs’ campaign secured
  • Work underway on lobbying on extension of Groceries Code Adjudicator protection to farmers

On 4th July, Sustain helped convene a lively roundtable of alliance members and others to discuss the implications of the EU Referendum. This meeting arose from an amalgamation of previously planned Square Meal and CAP discussion groups. As a result, Sustain is coordinating a letter – with 80 organisational signatories so far – urging government to put healthy and sustainable food and farming firmly on the agenda for Brexit negotiations. Parallel processes are underway with the Bond international development network and the Green Alliance, and we will seek opportunities to collaborate. Unity – as all our political parties keep pointing out, but then failing spectacularly to deliver – is now crucial.

With the vocal support of many member organisations, Kath has secured £165k in total from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (£90k) and Friends Provident Foundation (£75k) to pursue our alliance campaign for a Million Better Jobs for Better Farming and Land Use. This will focus on achieving:

  • Public farming subsidies, research and other funding only for public good
  • Extension of Groceries Code Adjudicator protection to farmers, in the UK and overseas
  • Improved working conditions and pay for agricultural workers, and policy that tackles the issue of migrant and seasonal labour (especially post-EU Referendum) head on
  • Better prospects for new entrant farmers

An active group of organisations, coordinated by Traidcraft and supported by Sustain, has begun detailed legal and advocacy work on extending the UK’s Groceries Code Adjudicator’s power and remit to protect farmers, looking to feed into the process to be launched by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) shortly. The timetable for this work is not yet defined.

 

Growing Health 
Contact Maria Devereux or Sarah Williams, www.sustainweb.org/growinghealth/ 

  • Green Care Coalition formed

Along with the Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens and others, Sustain is one the founding members of a new coalition to promote Green Care. This ties in with Sustain’s existing Growing Health project and objectives. ‘Green Care’ is defined as structured therapy or treatment programmes that take place in natural surroundings and recognises the instinctive connection between nature and health delivered by practitioners with appropriate knowledge, skills and abilities. Hence the natural connection with community food growing. The website is due to be launched shortly.

 

London Food Link
Contacts: Chris Young or Sofia Parente, londonfoodlink@sustainweb.org, www.londonfoodlink.org Twitter @londonfoodlink

  • Spring get-together sells out in record time
  • London Food Link Network continues to grow

On 26 April, Wahaca hosted our spring get together. Speakers included AsktheQ founder, Anya Hart Dyke; Tiny Leaf chef, Justin Horne; Borough Market Development Manager, David Matchett; chef and Food For All Seasons author, Oliver Rowe; and Farms Not Factories campaigner Alastair Kenneil.

During the quarter, 52 people either joined the London Food Link Network or renewed their support, which is an 18% increase on the 44 in the same quarter last year and due to extra promotional efforts by the London Food Link team.

The Jellied Eel magazine, contact Chris Young, www.sustainweb.org/jelliedeel/

  • London Food Link and other Sustain work celebrated

Work this quarter was on completing issue 51 (summer) and starting on issue 52 (autumn) of The Jellied Eel magazine. Features in issue 51 included:

  • Revisiting The London 2012 Food Vision in this Olympic year to see what progress has been made by the capital’s sporting venues
  • An exclusive interview with the BBC Food Programme’s Sheila Dillon (our national treasure)
  • A round-up of London Grows hubs and other places offering food growing volunteering opportunities
  • How the Children’s Health Fund and others are helping to tackle holiday hunger
  • A new feature highlighting Good Food Jobs
  • The launch of the Urban Food Awards
  • Tom Hunt on Peak Salad

London Mayoral Elections update

Ben, Sarah, Kath and the team have been helping Rosie Boycott and the London Food Board to re-frame London’s food work to win priority support under the new Sadiq Khan mayoral administration. Early signs of Sadiq’s policy efforts to tackle inequalities, promote better jobs and community cohesion bode well for support – in principle at least – for Sustain’s current work and strategic good food agenda.

Good Food for London 2015 and 2016 reports, contact Sofia Parente, www.sustainweb.org/publications/good_food_for_london_2015/

  • Evaluation report published
  • New measures agreed with organisational partners
  • Information being collected for the 2016 report

Sofia has undertaken an evaluation of the impact of five years of our Good Food for London report, measuring progress on actions taken by London boroughs to improve the healthiness and sustainability of London’s food supply under Council control or influence. The report has been demonstrably effective in encouraging sign-up to all of the individual good food schemes that it promotes:

  • About half (45 to 50%) of council representative said that Good Food for London had been influential in signing up to the Sustainable Fish Cities Pledge, Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards, Local Food Partnerships, Healthier Catering Commitment, MSC Fish and Kids programme, Food Growing Schools London and Capital Growth.
  • For the Food for Life programme, Healthy Schools, Fairtrade Borough status and Food for Life Catering Mark, 30 to 40% of council representatives said the report influenced sign-up (noting that for Fairtrade, this may mean ‘renewal’ of Fairtrade status).
  • For newer measures in the report, the Unicef Baby Friendly initiative and borough Living Wage accreditation, 15 to 20% said the report influenced sign-up.
  • Looking across the London food landscape, Gold and Silver Food for Life Catering Mark meals and higher animal welfare food are now becoming the norm in London schools and other food controlled by councils, and Good Food for London has played a part in achieving this change.

Eleven good food measures to be featured in the 2016 report have been agreed with partner groups running certification or promotional programmes, and communicated to boroughs. Compared to 2015, one measure has been revised and one is new. Sofia has started to collect information via an online survey to boroughs and will be complemented by data supplied by the partners groups.

So far this year, we had communication with 23 out of 33 boroughs and met officers from 5 different boroughs with a view to improving their scores, confirming Good Food for London and a year-round engagement process with local authorities.

London Food Poverty programme, contact Hannah Laurison, www.sustainweb.org/foodpoverty/london/

London boroughs have submitted their responses to the 2016 London food poverty questionnaire, the results of which will be released in the autumn as the next stage of our already-influential Beyond the Food Bank work. The report will demonstrate how poor Londoners face a postcode lottery in coping with food poverty and receiving support to eat well. The report will highlight good practice from London boroughs and map the way forward to ensure that the most vulnerable have an adequate safety net.

Urban Food Awards, contact Chris Young, www.sustainweb.org/londonfoodlink/awards/

  • Annual Urban Food Awards attract more than 80 entries and 2,400+ votes

We have teamed up with the Greater London Authority again to run the third annual Urban Food Awards, this year also joined by Borough Market as a partner. Following the success of 2014’s enter-nominate-judge process, in May we put an open invitation to London’s growers, small-batch producers and other local food heroes, attracting more than 80 entries. In June, we launched the public vote, with more than 2,400 cast by the end of the month. Voting ends in July and the entrants with the most votes will be shortlisted for the judging panel to decide the winners.

 

Real Bread Campaign
Contact Chris Young, www.realbreadcampaign.org Twitter: @realbread

  • Real Bread Week
  • Artisan baker = packet mix user?
  • Together We Rise
  • Knead to Know 5th anniversary

From Maenclochog (Pembrokeshire) to Gorbals (Glasgow); Walthamstow (London) to Korcula Island (Croatia), dedicated Real Bread Campaign supporters were doughing it for the kids and adults during the 8th annual Real Bread Week. Events included 61 people attending Breads of Bedford, a pre-launch event for Companions Real Bread CIC; 80 people dropping by the Baikhous pop-up in Renfrew; Artisan Baking Community sharing the Real Bread message with more than 250 people through a series of activities in Northumberland; Cucina Restaurants running after-school family bread-making sessions at many of the 40 schools it caters for around England; Bridging the Gap (an organisation that trains 15- and 16-year-olds to mentor younger students) holding Real Bread making and storytelling class at St. Francis Primary School in Glasgow; The Hearth’s pizza-making sessions for children in Lewes, and Fordhall Community Land Initiative’s Learn Cob (mud or clay) bread oven build-and-bake day in Market Drayton; and Hen Corner Bakery baking with 60 local primary school children. Thanks to friends and supporters buying ‘On The Rise’ t-shirts and aprons in May, we received a doughnation of nearly £300 from Balcony Shirts.

We were disappointed that the Advertising Standards Authority declined to take action in the case of an advertisement for an ‘artisan bread’ mix that claims “gives bakers the opportunity to enter this lucrative market without the need to invest in specialist staff” and to make sourdough in 60 minutes. Conversely, we were pleased to read reports that The Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recommended banning the use of potassium bromate in industrial loaf manufacture.

Work continues on Together We Rise, a proposed project to support people living with mental health issues to enjoy therapeutic bread-making and good companionship. Campaign volunteers are now drafting guidance based on information gathered from organisations and enterprises helping people facing a range of challenges to seize therapeutic and employment Real Bread baking opportunities.

The Campaign is also celebrating five years of Knead to Know, our very popular introductory guide to setting up and running a small baking enterprise. Since 2011, more than 4,000 budding bready entrepreneurs, from Yarmouth to Yangon, and Thunder Bay to Kuala Lumpur, have grabbed copies of Knead to Know, to inspire their own work making Real Bread.

Over the three months, 340 people began or renewed support for our work, while our following on Twitter passed 25,500. For regular Real Bread Campaign updates sign up to receive the monthly e-newsletter Breadcrumbs www.sustainweb.org/realbread/breadcrumbs

 

Sustainable Food Cities
Contact Hannah Laurison, www.sustainablefoodcities.org Twitter: @Foodcities

  • Programme awarded £1.6m grant from Esmee Fairbarin for a further three years, with grants available for cities linked to implementing campaign activities.
  • Sustain developing UK-wide food poverty proposal for the Big Lottery
  • New UK Food Poverty Alliance developing national policy platform to address food poverty

 

Working with the Sustainable Food Cities network Sustain has secured funding from Big Lottery Fund to develop a multi-year national proposal for addressing food poverty locally. Sustain is working with Church Action on Poverty to consult with 10 UK cities and towns and the devolved nations. The local consultations will culminate in a national event in the autumn.

Together with our partners in the UK Food Poverty Alliance, we are campaigning for a variety of measures to address food poverty at the national level, including a call for national measurement of household food insecurity. New data released in May suggest that as many as a shocking 8.4 million people struggled to afford enough food to eat over the past year.

 

 

 

Planning Food Cities
Contact Gillian Morgan, gillian@sustainweb.org; www.sustainweb.org/planning

Our monthly Planning Food Cities Project newsletter contains updates and top tips from our participating cities and the planning world. To receive a copy send a (blank) email to: sfc-foodandplanning-subscribe@lists.riseup.net

 

Sustainable Fish Cities
Contact Ruth Westcott, www.fishcities.net

  • Survey launched of 200+ Sustainable Fish Cities Pledge signatories to gauge actions taken
  • ‘Premier League of Fish’ campaign rolled out, focusing on fish buying by 12 London sports venues

This quarter has seen us focus on two new strands of Sustainable Fish Cities - a survey to all 200+ signatories, to understand what actions have been taken towards serving sustainable fish, and to gather feedback on what could be improved. The 'Premier League of Fish' campaign has been rolled out, to focus on 12 top London Sports venues.

Durham has been named the UK's second Sustainable Fish City. At an event held in the city, a member of the Sustainable Food Cities Network, pledgers were congratulated for their achievements and Deputy Mayor Cllr Bill Moir took a lesson in frying fish at a local restaurant to celebrate the achievement.

The major catering company Compass has agreed to meet the fish pledge standards for all its sites operating under the Levy Restaurants brand in London, a significant step for the biggest catering company in the world, which we have long had in our campaign sights. The most high-profile of these is the All England Lawn Tennis Club, and the commitment came into force in time for the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.

Pledges were also received from high-profile venues Kia Oval Cricket Ground, Cardiff School of Music, and the Horniman Museum, which also works on sustainable fish and marine environments.

 

Alliance projects

Square Meal

The July 4th meeting for this policy initiative merged with another at Sustain’s offices and resulted in a strong joint response to the EU Referendum, involving 80 organisational signatories so far (see above).

 

Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics, contact Emma Rose erose@saveourantibiotics.eu

Emma Rose has been continuing to coordinate this important alliance project, which was founded by Compassion in World Farming, the Soil Association and Sustain, and is supported by the Jeremy Coller Foundation. Key activities this quarter have included:

  • An influential, lively and well-attended roundtable event, with representatives from the farming industry, animal health and welfare, veterinarians, sustainable farming, retailing and catering  businesses and government, to discuss a route map towards greatly reduced farm antibiotic use, kindly hosted by the Food Research Collaboration at City University London.

  • Development of meat sample testing for signs of inappropriate use of antibiotics.

  • Numerous press articles, particularly in the trade press, to raise awareness with the industry of the problems caused by routine just-in-case (prophylactic) use of farm antibiotics.

  • The welcome news that we have secured funding for the next phase of work.

  • Starting to establish an independent website for the alliance campaign.

  • Sober reflection on what we should be doing post-Brexit to achieve industry-wide change, as much of our work has previously targeted the decision-making process in Europe.

 

Eating Better Alliance, contact Sue Dibb: sue@eating-better.org, www.eating-better.org

  • #MeatFreeLunch campaign and results of sandwich survey released 9th May

This is the second year the campaign and survey are run. Compared to last year, more companies have plans to expand their meat free ranges and are responding to the growth in the flexitarian eating market. There is a slight increase in meat free options on the market but consumers still struggle to find alternatives (only 19 out of over 500 surveyed are free of animal products).

  • World Meat Free Day, celebrated on the 13th June

Eating Better is one of the member organisations. #WorldMeatFreeDay was trending on Twitter for most of the day, reaching over 82 million people, with over 22,000 posting about the initiative. Nearly 5,000 people pledged through the online channels, announcing their intention to eat a meat-free diet for the day. Media coverage of the campaign reached over 20 million people across print, online, radio and TV, including UK pieces on Sky News, BBC Radio Scotland, The Independent, Metro and Daily Telegraph.

 

Organic Sector Development, contact Catherine Fookes: catherine@organictradeboard.co.uk

See report in finances and risk management, above.

 

UK Food Group, contact Jean Blaylock, jean@ukfg.org.uk, www.ukfg.org.uk

The UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has negotiated recommendations on “Connecting smallholders to markets”, with participation from civil society including the UK Food Group. While the outcome is not perfect, there were some good points won:

  • Keeping an emphasis on “local, national and regional markets” as the ones that are responsible for feeding most people in the world.

  • Getting in points on the risks of international markets – e.g. “financial risks”, “inequitable terms” and “disadvantageous contracts or unfair conditions and practices”.

  • Getting in language about “fair” and “remunerative” prices, not just “transparent”.

  • Emphasising the potential of institutional procurement (schools, hospitals and other public bodies that buy food) to support smallholders.

  • Highlighting the contribution of smallholder models of production to healthy, diverse, nutritious diets.

  • Achieving recognition that food safety regulations need to be suited to scale and context.

  • The recommendations should be formally adopted in October at the CFS plenary.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the G7 New Alliance, a public-private partnership that requires legal and policy changes on land and seeds in African countries likely to increase corporate control and disempower local communities and smallholders. The resolution did not go quite as far as civil society had been asking for, in that it did not contain an outright call for the EU to withdraw from the New Alliance, but it was highly critical of it and called for urgent reform.

Following the EU Referendum vote, UK Food Group members have started sharing and compiling insights on the likely impact on global food system issues, and will take this discussion forward, including participation in the meeting held on 4th July at Sustain’s offices, and the subsequent joint letter.

Other activities have included members’ discussion and assessment of DFID’s Conceptual Framework on Agriculture, feeding in to international civil society work to monitor the impact of the VGGT or Land Tenure Guidelines five years on, and contributing to plans for a UK delegation to the second European Forum on Food Sovereignty which will take place in the autumn.

 

Other alliance activities

Alongside new and urgent Brexit activities (see above), Sustain is continuing to work in partnership with the medical alliance Medact on several initiatives, most notably the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics and the Campaign for Better Hospital Food. Sustain is also one of so far 11 national partners in their annual conference, entitled: ‘Healthy Planet, Better World: Bringing the health community together to address our global ecological crises’. This will take place at Friends Meeting House, 9th-10th December 2016.

Kath has also been invited to sit on the steering group (editorial board) of a new initiative run by the UK Health Forum (UKHF), called ‘Eating Well Within Our Means’. This aims to develop a consensus-based and evidence-informed strategy for healthy and sustainable diets in the UK.

 


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