On publication today (6 June) of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee Report on The future for food, farming and the environment, Sustain’s Farming Campaign Coordinator, Vicki Hird, says
Parliament's Health and Social Care Committee has published a new inquiry report on Childhood Obesity, calling for better government leadership and a range of measures to curb junk food marketing. Sustain & Children's Food Campaign respond.
The Sainsbury’s-Asda merger is a perfect illustration of the accelerating race to the bottom in the grocery retail sector. It was a bombshell, and unless the rules – on competition, planning, environment and worker and consumer protection – are greatly enhanced and effectively applied, a significant part of society is likely to be badly hurt by this ‘mega merger’.
Public Health England has revealed mixed progress in achieving voluntary sugar reduction targets, with two-thirds of the top 20 companies achieving no change, or even increasing sugar content. Children's Food Campaign responds.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has declared war on junk food marketing, as part of her Government's new pledge to halve child obesity by 2030.
As the Parliamentary Health and Social Care Select Committee opens its first oral enquiry on Childhood Obesity today, Sustain and Children's Food Campaign have called for renewed cross-governmental leadership across tax, advertising regulations, education and farming policies.
Sustain, along with the Tenant Farmers Association, Traidcraft and the Moore Stephens Food Advisory group, published a letter in the FT on 18 April 2018. This touched on the proposed European Directive to curb Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs) in the EU food supply chain and why we need such measures in the UK so all farmers and suppliers are better protected against UTPs.
The proposed revisions to the planning policy framework for England are open for consultation. But are the proposals a missed opportunity for a more sustainable food system?
DEFRA, in partnership with Sustain, is hosting a consultation event in London on 10 April to capture local and member viewpoints on its public consultation: ‘Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment’
Join Hungry City author Carolyn Steel, Guardian journalist Felicity Lawrence, RSPB biodiversity specialist Lucy Bjorck and Kath Dalmeny of Sustain for an evening of debate on the future of our food system, post-Brexit.
Tell Defra what you want from future farm policy
A group of farming, conservation and environmental groups (1) are releasing today (21 March 2018) a statement calling for the protection and enhancement of farm diversity as a core purpose of the new agriculture bill (2). The measures they are calling for will help deliver the food we need whilst creating a resilient and dynamic farming industry, which works for the wider community as well as for the environment.
Defra publishes ten-week consultation on the UK's first major new farming legislation since 1947. Sustain's Farming Campaign Coordinator Vicki Hird gives an initial response to seeing a version of the consultation.
A new network is forming to campaign for a Good Food Nation Bill to transforms food in Scotland.
The Government has today failed to protect British and overseas farmers from unfair trading practices by refusing to extend the remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator to include primary producers.
Sustain's chief executive Kath Dalmeny welcomes Labour's proposals for a raft of new animal welfare measures, published in today's Guardian newspaper.
Time is running out to ensure the new plan for the capital helps create a healthier food system for all Londoners. London Food Link is calling on people to take action before the 2 March, so that free drinking water, protection of land for growing and limiting access to junk food, are all firmly on the agenda.
The National Farmers' Union highlights the forthcoming UK Agriculture Bill as "a golden opportunity to build a system that works for British farmers". The NFU has published a range of vision statements to deliver these messages to politicians and the public, seeking to "build consensus for a vision of a thriving farming sector post-Brexit and beyond".
The much trailed environment plan has been anticipated in much the same way as the Stone Roses Second Coming. Although not five years in the making, there was still the suspicion that the plan was going to struggle to please the fans.
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.
Defra Secretary of State Michael Gove delivered a speech at the 2018 Oxford Farming Conference today - Farming for the next generation. Read on for Sustain's response
When I started at Children’s Food Campaign in January 2012, getting cooking onto the curriculum, junk off the checkouts and traffic light nutrition labelling onto the front of packaging were the big campaigns I got stuck into first. And there has been significant progress on each of those since, as well as on a Sugary Drinks Tax, School Food Standards and Universal Infant Free School Meals ... and that is just for starters.
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.
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.
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.
The Mayor is inviting feedback on his draft London Environment Strategy by midnight Friday 17th November. This is your chance to ensure good food is on London's policy agenda.
All workers deserve to be paid fairly to meet real living costs. On Living Wage week we celebrate the employers who are becoming real Living wage employers.
When the UK leaves the European Union it will be a World Trade Organisation (WTO) member negotiating in its own right - not as part of a block - on trade commitments. There are huge concerns over what that will mean for our food and farming system. We are running events and producing materials to help members understand the implications. This is a short primer on the WTO, trade rules and commitments and the status of the UK before and after Brexit.
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.
Sustainable Food Cities are pleased to announce they will be joining forces with the partners behind Peas Please from summer 2018 for the Veg Cities campaign.
Conservative MPs have joined forced with the Conservative Environment Network (CEN) calling for the environment to be given a higher profile at the heart of policy making. “Thinking differently about our environment: a holistic approach to policy” is a collection of essays by MPs arguing that we can reap previously unrecognised benefits by embedding the environment in all areas of public policy. They also emphasise the benefits of harnessing horticulture and using the environment to improve health outcomes - a key consideration for Sustain and its members.
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.
Sustain flag up the risks that we need to navigate in the new trade relationships the UK will be forging in the years to come after today's announcement outlining a new Trade Bill.
The phenomenal rise in the use of charitable food banks is a symptom of an underlying disorder: That the human right to food is far from a reality for too many people in our country. Sustain, Just Fair, Nourish and the Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University explain why our new programme will bring the benefits of a right to food home.
After extensive consultation, the pan-European organic movement has produced a set of goals and a strategy to help the sector meet the political developments, environmental challenges and market trends it may face between now and 2030.
The RSA will be launching a new independent commission to explore a big Brexit rethink, to help move towards healthier diets, thriving farming and a well-protected countryside. Poor diets are a major public health challenge of our time, says Jonathan Schifferes, Associate Director of Public Services and Communities for the RSA.
Despite reassurances from Government, the Repeal Bill puts in jeopardy the laws, standards and institutions that protect the healthiness and sustainability of our food, farming and fishing. The coming months will be a maelstrom of political argument and horse-trading. Good food sense is under threat, but must prevail, says Kath Dalmeny of Sustain.
More than 100 charities have signed an open letter to the new civil society minister saying they are being prevented from speaking out on behalf of the poorest and most marginalised in society by a law intended to tackle political lobbying.
Shadow Secretary of State for Brexit Keir Starmer has lodged a Reasoned Amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill (also known as the Repeal Bill), effectively opposing the second reading of the legislation, arguing that it fails to restore full sovereign power to the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
Launching today an alliance of over 70 charities, NGOs, and organisations from across civil society, have called on the government to ensure that the Repeal Bill does not result in a power grab by ministers and a sidelining of the devolved nations in the Brexit process.
What should Labour fight for in the post Brexit farm policy era? We will be exploring this at an event on 24th September alongside SERA, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) and The Land Workers' Alliance.
Wales, already the UK leader in recycling, has become the latest nation to set an ambitious food waste target -- and there is still time to respond to the wide-ranging consultation on 'Rethinking Food in Wales'.
An unequivocal report from the World Bank argues for systemic changes on the part of governments and food corporations, to tackle obesity and non-communicable diseases.
Sustain alliance members have expressed their alarm at Trade Secretary Liam Fox's dismissal of concerns about chlorine-dipped chicken as a "detail" of new trade deals with the US.
Marking one year since the launch of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan, Public Health England have published a short progress report and announced the next stages of the Plan. In response, the Children’s Food Campaign have criticised the lack of cross-Government oversight of the Plan, and the Department for Education's failure to make any progress on its commitments.
Apparently one in four British adults likes the idea of giving up the day job to work on a farm. But a new report from the rural charity the Prince's Countryside Fund highlights a chasm between between the positive perception and the tougher realities of the profession.
Responding to Theresa May's vision for Britain as a 'great, global trading nation', the Institute for Government has set out the steps needed for the Department for International Trade and across Whitehall to launch a successful UK trade policy, using the powers repatriated from Brussels.
As the Queen's speech confirmed, we are to get a new Agriculture Act after we leave the EU and its Common Agriculture Policy, We had a quick rummage into the past to see what the last one said and it was rather interesting.
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