Mercato Metropolitano is embracing the sustainable food revolution and converting a red double decker bus into a pick your own strawberry farm in Elephant and Castle.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies has issued a new report today which shows that if we choose to abolish all tariffs on products, inlcuding food, entering the UK when we exit the EU this “would have only a limited impact on the cost of living of the average household.”
Children’s health experts fear a future trade deal with the US could undermine UK efforts to reduce sugar consumption and import American levels of diet-related diseases alongside their produce.
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.
Fresh analysis from Sustain, the food and farming alliance, suggests that Britain’s domestic regulators are hopelessly ill equipped for the extra work load that leaving the EU will entail.
Hotels, pubs, bars and restaurants are on a hiring spree - despite a consumer downturn - because they fear a shortage of migrant workers when Britain leaves the EU.
In the second formal investigation by the GCA, and the first since Christine Tacon has had the power to level penalties, the Co-op will be investigated for removing products from their stores.
A new report by Feedback reveals the shocking scale of food waste on farms.
This Is Rubbish welcome the new EU Waste Framework Directive but call for individual countries to set binding targets on food waste.
18 environmental groups, co-ordinated by Wildlife and Countryside Link, respond to the latest Government waste and recycling figures by demanding legally binding targets.
Fresh analysis by Sustain published today flags food safety fears for future UK trade deals.Figures suggest that the percentage of people who fall ill with food poisoning annually is ten times higher in the US than the UK. Sustain fears treating increased food poisoning could increase deaths from food poisoning and cost the NHS and UK economy at least £1bn extra per year.
In January, Defra opened the Food Waste Reduction Fund to expressions of interest from not-for-profit organisations in England.
More than 260 workers have lost their jobs at the meat supplier Russell Hume, which has folded into administration just weeks after an alleged breach of food labelling standards.
An influential UK free-trade think tank has identified eating American beef as a ‘gain’ for British consumers from post-Brexit trade deals, whilst claiming food safety and health concerns about US food standards are ‘myths’.
A parliamentary committee has told the government’s Brexit and trade negotiators that they must not sacrifice Britain’s high food standards in order to secure trade deals.
The Russell Hume meat company may have changed 'use by' dates on meat, and also country of origin labelling - allegedly serving up African and Australian meat as 'British', according to an ITN News report. Sustain's chief executive Kath Dalmeny comments.
A French study has found a diet higher in ultra-processed foods may increase the risk of cancer by 12%.
There are fewer community retailers running in 2016 than 2006. Two new pieces of research from NHS Health Scotland recommend working together to ensure that low income communities can still access affordable, quality food.
The UK’s fifth largest supermarket has joined a campaign to cut food waste by 50% in the next 12 years. Aldi plans on redistributing surplus food through FareShare and other food waste charities.
Sustain and our Capital Growth network are listed in SHARECITY’s new directory of 200 active initiatives in the capital.
Last week Sustain submitted evidence to the Trade Bill Committee in Parliament. In it we argued that cheap food imports are a risk to our health and to 3.9m jobs in the UK's food and farming industries.
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'.
During December 2017 and January 2018, the UK Labour Party consulted on their policies for coastal communities, in particular fishing and the fishing industry. Read on for Sustainable Fish Cities' response to this consultation.
Currently the National Food Crime Unit (NCFU) only gathers intelligence on food fraud. It said it needed ministerial support and £4m - £5m more in funding before it would be able to start proactively investigating food fraud.
Many are now deeply concerned that in the race to secure international trade deals, the UK may come under severe pressure to compromise our food standards – a damaging race to the bottom. Sustain's Kath Dalmeny sets out how trade deals must now be used to promote a beneficial race to the top.
Northampton clinic St Andrew’s Healthcare has opened a bakery at its hospital that will teach vocational skills to mental healthcare patients.
This year the Fairtrade Foundation is asking people to ‘come on in’ to Fairtrade. The charity is urging everyone to create events from banquets to bake-offs to spread awareness about Fairtrade.
Researchers from The University of Manchester have found that, on average, the carbon footprint of the ready-made sandwich is around twice that of a sandwich made at home.
Researchers from the University of Hertfordshire have made a breakthrough in identifying the nutritional quality of loaves, which could pave the way for a standard definition for wholegrain foods.
Real Bread Campaign supporter Modern Baker has received a £763,000 grant for research into the nutritional value of long-fermented breads.
Sustain responds to the Russell Hume steak and gammon recall, expressing concern about food safety, and also the recent decline in meat hygiene inspectors, public health laboratory services and the Food Standards Agency. How can we trust the meat on our plates?
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger’s new inquiry report on hidden hunger and malnutrition and older people provides an update on the extent of and drivers for malnutrition among older people and sets out recommendations for government, councils, care providers and third sector organisations.
A collection of essays has been published, curated by the Health Foundation. It features contributions from Kath Dalmeny of Sustain; Sue Davies of Which?; Councillor Richard Kemp from Liverpool; Nina Renshaw of the European Public Health Alliance; and Karen Steadman of the Work Foundation; as well as considerations for policy-makers.
Ahead of the 10th annual Real Bread Week in February, the Real Bread Campaign has created a new surplus reduction guide for small bakeries.
The UK’s largest supermarket is to trial a deposit return scheme as part of their plans to reduce plastic pollution. The Marine Conservation Society are ‘delighted’ by Tesco’s announcement and hope that Theresa May will take note.
This week BBC One’s The Big Questions debated whether or not meat should be taxed.
The surplus reduction guide to help small bakeries save dough.
Sustain responds to press reports on Coca-Cola's plans to change the sizing and prices of some of their products ahead of the implementation of the Sugary Drinks Tax.
Sustain questions Wetherspoon Chairman Tim Martin's opinion that food prices will fall after Brexit, and argues that - in any case - cheap food would come at a cost - to food quality, British jobs and British farmers.
According to a report from Bloomberg Politics (which you can read here) the US is ‘sick and tired’ of us going on about chlorine-washed chicken, claiming that they don’t really use chlorine washes in their farming any more. Read Sustain's response.
The supermarkets are yet to respond to the letter from the UK E Coli Support Group. Campaigners fear that meat safety is already being threatened.
The British Government has reportedly demanded total secrecy in its free trade talks with the US for a post-Brexit deal, in an exclusive story from The Independent newspaper.
The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics has welcomed decisions by leading supermarkets M&S and Waitrose to publish data on antibiotic use in their supply chains. This will enable better targeting of action to reduce farm antibiotic use.
Kath Dalmeny, Sustain CEO gave oral evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee on 6th December. On behalf of Sustain alliance members (and whilst handing out Manifestos for a Better Food Britain printed on spoof beermats), she expressed deep concern that the beguiling promise of ‘cheap food’ from new international trade deals could result in serious risks and costs to health, animal welfare and British farming livelihoods.
A new investigation by Sustainable Fish Cities reveals red-rated fish on the menu in exclusive concert venues, city firms and restaurants.
The Mayor of London is inviting applications for the role of the London Food Board Chair, looking for a senior leader who is passionate about improving London’s food system. The London Food Board Chair and Board advise the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority on food matters across the capital.
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.
The FSA is asking for applications from behaviourial economists, criminologists, anthropologists and political scientists for a new Advisory Committee on Social Science. Its purpose would be to provide strategic advice on how to improve food safety and regulate food sustainably.
With its new No Loaf Lost guide due for publication in January 2018, the Real Bread Campaign is playing a role in a collective effort to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable.
Director General of the World Trade Organisation has warned the UK that prices would be likely to rise after a ‘hard Brexit; due to supply chain disruption and WTO tariffs, which would be especially high on agricultural products.
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