Agri-tech scientists are calling on the government to relax the rules on gene editing after Brexit. Sustain member GM Freeze believes we need to keep the EU’s strong safeguards in place.
Last month the government released a White Paper outlining their proposals for managing fisheries and marine life after Brexit, and the public have the opportunity to give feedback until 12th September.
Two events discussing the UK’s industrial agriculture and climate change are being held by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology.
A new Environment Act, green watchdog and institutions to regulate chemicals are all needed - and must be robust enough to defend our health and the natural environment. Just some of the issues being addressed in UK environment policy. This is an extract from Sustain's Brexit Forum newsletter, June/July 2018. Sign up to receive news updates monthly or bi-monthly at: www.sustainweb.org/brexit
Wildlife and Countryside Link (who are part of the Sustain alliance) have co-ordinated 25 charities to challenge the Prime Minister to be more ambitious in the scope and detail of the newly announced Environment Bill.
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agroecology event on ‘The Environmental Watchdog: The Legal Status of Post-Brexit Environmental Protections’ will be held on 4 July. Find out how to book.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (who are a member of Sustain) see the plans as a ‘huge environmental risk to our landscapes.’
The HMRC has told parliament’s Treasury Committee that a high-tech customs option for future UK imports and exports could cost UK businesses up to £20 billion per year. Agri-food currently represents 11% of trade flows by value between the UK and the EU, so food manufacturers and farmers could expect to bear some of such additional costs.
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.
Farming and environmental groups have written to Scottish Cabinet Secretaries for Climate Change and the Rural Economy, calling on the Scottish Government to use the new Climate Bill to drive a just transition to a carbon-neutral, resilient farming sector by 2050 at the latest.
Michael Gove has said, “Wholesome food production is an invaluable investment in the health of our nation, from which we all reap the benefits…” So why does public health get so little mention in Defra's major farming policy consultation? asks Sustain's Vicki Hird.
Government re-opens investigation into the labour situation for those working in agriculture, horticulture and food production. Sustain will be submitting evidence to the inquiry.
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'.
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".
Members of the Greener UK alliance have expressed "serious concerns" that UK environmental protections will be reduced after Brexit, despite the Government's promises to put the environment into a better state for the next generation.
The Uplands Alliance - representing hill farmers and upland land managers - reports on meetings with Defra and farming minister George Eustice MP, seeking to influence the design and priorities of new farm payment schemes.
Initial Sustain response to the publication of the new Government 25 year Environment Plan By Prime Minister Theresa May today.
It is exactly one year since the Groceries Code Adjudicator consultation (1) closed and yet we still haven't had a response from the Government. Today Sustain welcomes the new small businesses minister to post and calls on him to put this at the top of his new to do list.
Prime Minister Theresa May has reshuffled her Cabinet but Secretary of State for Defra Michael Gove has remained in post. Sustain welcomes his continued tenure, but also highlights the need to keep up the pressure to turn his promises into reality.
An inquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology for Food and Farming shows an overriding concern that food security, environmental protection and welfare standards may be significantly weakened by Brexit.
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.
In the Conservative Home website Julian Sturdy MP writes on fairness in the supply chain.
Defra secretary Michael Gove has said that when the UK leaves the EU, there may be a case for reintroducing the scheme that allowed migrant workers to come to the UK temporarily to work in the food sector.
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.
The conservation NGO WWF has produced a blueprint for the Government's long-awaited 25-Year Environment Plan for England. In the wake of the EU referendum, the plan provides a unique opportunity to improve the way we manage our natural resources.
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 waste-reduction agency WRAP has conducted its first investigation into food waste on farms, looking at two commercially important crops -- lettuce and strawberries. It found significant waste, and big differences between farms.
An article co-authored by Defra's Chief Scientific Officer argues that better regulation is needed to control how pesticides are used and affect the environment at a landscape scale.
As part of its 25-year strategy to eradicate bovine TB, Defra has issued 11 new badger culling licences and announced plans to re-launch its badger vaccination scheme.
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.
The latest report from the House of Lords committee looking at the impact of Brexit focuses on animal welfare standards, and warns against dilution of the standards in post-Brexit trade deals.
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.
In his first major speech since becoming Defra Secretary, Michael Gove stakes his claim to be a defender of farming and the environment -- with strings attached.
The Government review of the work of the Groceries Code Adjudicator was published today and suggests that the Adjudicator is working well and has any on-going problems in hand. The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, Margot James MP, must now take the next step and extend its remit to support farmers.
Post-Brexit, the UK government has committed to continuing to allow duty-free access to UK markets for some of the poorest countries in the world.
Leading UK environment groups, coordinated by Greener UK and Wildlife & Countryside Link, have set out their shared demands for the Repeal Bill that promises to transpose EU legislation into UK law.
Brexit Minister Steven Baker estimates that 800 to 1,000 EU-exit related laws will need to be amended; the Hansard Society warns that this could take place without proper parliamentary scrutiny.
The General Election on 8 June 2017 is our opportunity to get legal standards for hospital food on the political agenda and in the manifesto of the next UK government.
For the second year running, the Government has turned down a request from the NFU for special permission to use neonicotinoid pesticides, banned across Europe, to spray oilseed rape crops.
The General Election to be held on June 8th 2017 will set government priorities for the next five years, with huge implications for the future of the UK’s food, farming and fishing.
England's free-range flocks have been released from their sheds, after Defra lifted the restrictions that kept them indoors for months to reduce the risk from avian flu.
Sustain launched today a new action for the public to tell their MP they don’t want Bad Food Britain.
On Tuesday 9th March, Julian Sturdy MP led a group of cross-party MPs and representatives of civil society to meet with the government ministers who are looking at the role and remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA).
Read Sustain's response to the review of the Grocery Code Adjudicator, the body that oversees fair practice in the grocery supply chain.
Addressing the National Farmers' Union conference, the Defra Secretary laid out the five principles she thinks should frame food and farming post-Brexit, and vowed both to protect food trade with the EU and pursue deals with other partners.
Submissions are invited to a short inquiry on the likely impacts of Brexit on agriculture, to be conducted by the House of Lords EU, Energy and Environment Sub-Committee.
Andrea Leadsom's speech to the Oxford Farming Conference was seen as an opportunity for her to share her department's thinking on farming post-Brexit. In the event, it was long on rhetoric, but short on specifics.
Are you a farmer or know a farmer? Do you have evidence that companies in the food supply chain are being unfair; making unreasonable demands of farmers or growers? If you do, then take the chance to comment now and get better regulation.
A 30-day 'prevention zone' has been declared for all poultry in England, in an attempt to prevent a strain of avian flu that has been found in Europe from taking hold here.
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