In light of Asda-Sainsbury’s merger MPs want new power granted to the Groceries Code Adjudicator to prevent main supermarkets dominating groceries market.
An investigation by Sustainable Fish Cities, and published today in the Independent, has found that UK fishers are losing out on markets worth an estimated £62 million because UK companies are buying-in sustainable fish from overseas.
Sustain member the Vegetarian Society reassures shoppers after The Telegraph reported traces of animal DNA in a vegan product.
Sustain member FareShare reports on an incredibly successful year which has seen them make enormous strides in food waste.
Sustain has submitted evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee ‘Sustainable Seas’ inquiry, urging government to make more use of the very significant buying power of the public and food business sectors to secure a sustainable future for fish stocks and marine ecosystems.
The House of Commons Library has produced a range of helpful documents, including this recently updated Brexit Timeline, covering the period 2016 to 2020.
Three separate parliamentary committees - as well as supermarket and food manufacturing associations – and former government trade advisors – have warned that the UK is ill-prepared for future trade deals.
The House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee has said the Government should prioritise a free trade agreement with the EU to protect the UK food manufacturing industry and hundreds of thousands of British jobs.
Food Brexit is a major food industry conference that will take place in London on 1 November 2018, with Sustain’s chief executive Kath Dalmeny speaking in a session focusing on the opportunities, risks and challenges of implementing a US-UK trade deal.
Justice Secretary David Gauke announced yesterday the government’s intention to put offenders to work in sectors likely to be hit by the UK leaving the European Union. This could include catering, retail, manufacturing and agriculture.
Secretary of State Michael Gove MP has said that the UK would accept US food standards “over my dead body”, in an interview with good food advocate Rosie Boycott at the Hay Festival, 2018.
Former Chancellor and now Harvard research fellow Ed Balls has published a research paper (co-written with fellow researcher Peter Sands) on the latest thinking of senior trade negotiation officials in the US and UK. You can read the full paper here.
The House of Lords has voted in favour of 15 significant amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill, set to return to the House of Commons within weeks. Several are highly relevant to standards for food, farming and fishing.
The Government confirmed on 16 May that the ‘Do No Harm’ public health duty will remain as a central tenet of UK policy after the UK leaves the European Union.
Sustainable Fish Cities, the campaign to ensure only sustainable fish is eaten out of home in London, has welcomed the Mayor’s commitment to sustainable fish buying in the capital.
Sustain member the Fairtrade Foundation announces Lord Mark Price, the former trade minister and managing director of Waitrose, as their new chair of trustees.
Currently, half of the UK’s food is imported, 30% of it comes from the EU. Being part of the EU customs union has meant that food from the EU can enter the UK easily with no tariffs.
The number of modern slavery cases rose by 35% from 2016-2017 according to the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority - with agriculture and food industry amongst the worst sectors.
Founded by two brothers with over 15 years’ experience working in the fruit and vegetable industry, UGO Fresh connects shops and restaurants with excess fresh produce with local customers.
The Sustainable Fish Cities campaign was honoured alongside the procurement community’s finest at the UK Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards.
This month sees the launch of two new One Mile Bakery bakeries, each delivering Real Bread in a one mile radius and running baking classes for local people.
Vicki Hird, Sustain’s Farm Campaign Coordinator, outlines the dangers of the proposed merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda.
3,600 tonnes of dangerous and illegal foods seized in global food crime operation.
New analysis, reported in the Guardian today, has found that both the UK fishing industry and consumers would be financially worse off from a hard Brexit.
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The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is concerned the EU Withdrawal Bill will not provide any effective protection for workers’ rights. Instead it would provide UK Ministers “with wide-ranging powers to repeal, dilute or limit hard-won employment rights”.
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The Faculty of Public Health and a coalition of public health groups, including Sustain, are supporting a Lords amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, called the ‘Do No Harm’ amendment, and tabled by Crossbench Peer Lord Warner.
The frozen food retailer is the first major UK supermarket to pledge to remove palm oil from its own brand products in an attempt to halt the destruction of tropical rainforests.
Friends of the Earth welcome the European Commission proposal to ban damaging practices in the food supply chain to give farmers and small businesses more certainty.
Having published the No Loaf Lost guide in January 2018, the Real Bread Campaign can now announce the names of the first ten bakeries to sign the No Loaf Lost pledge to slice loaf surplus and waste.
NHS England faced criticism yesterday after releasing figures that showed one third of hospitals had failed to sign up to their initiative to reduce sugary drinks sales. Read Sustain's response.
An investigation by the Real Bread Campaign has found up to 26 ingredients and additives, including refined flour, on the ingredient lists of wholemeal loaves manufactured by nine of the UK’s largest industrial loaf fabicators.
Australia is reportedly set to demand that Britain imports hormone-treated beef under a post-Brexit trade deal. Hormone-treated beef has been banned for years from all EU countries on safety grounds.
Sustainable Fish Cities wants to know who you would like to see serving sustainable fish. The campaign is inviting the public to vote on the next steps by completing an online poll.
The government announces plans for a deposit return scheme for bottles following a long campaign by a coalition of Sustain members.
The Mayor of London has partnered with Refill London on a new project to cut plastic waste and encourage Londoners to drink tap water.
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.”
I am delighted to have just contributed to a review of how well the UK is progressing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted globally in 2015.
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.
The World Health Organization is to review the potential risks of plastic in drinking water. Following investigations which found microplastics in bottled water the review will assess the potential damage of ingesting plastic over a long period.
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.
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.
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.
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