In a new environmental policy ‘The Green Transformation’, released yesterday, Labour set out bold new proposals for fishing as part of three key priorities; addressing climate change, air and water quality, and reversing biodiversity loss.
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) tells MPs that their certification “isn’t perfect” and will improve the governing of independent certifiers.
Sustain's Children's Food Campaign responds with disappointment to OFSTED’s argument that schools should not be seen as a ‘silver bullet’ to tackling child obesity in the new ‘Obesity, healthy eating and physical activity in primary schools’ report.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The damning inquiry into the 2 Sisters plant in West Bromwich shows systematic failings with the way our food is inspected. It says that “unannounced visits” are not a surprise and therefore don’t give a true picture of the violations occurring.
Government ministers launched the Trade Bill within hours of the consultation closing - meaning that tens of thousands of responses were not considered. The bill affects a wide range of issues from food safety to GM crops to the NHS.
Sustain welcomes a new government initiative which helps small scale farmers and food producers supply to schools, hospitals and the forces.
The UK's efforts to forge vital new trade deals to replace EU trading arrangements are reported to have hit a major snag, with global partners objecting to the suggested allocations of trade quotas.
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.
All food premises in England should be forced to display ‘Scores on the Doors’ ratings when EU laws on food safety are converted into UK law after Brexit, argues the Local Government Association.
The head of the Food Standards Agency has said that the body set up to prevent another horse meat scandal will be mothballed unless the Government provides more funding.
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.
Defra has announced two important consultations on animal welfare -- one proposing to install CCTV cameras in abattoirs in England, the other updating statutory Codes of Practice on animal welfare, starting with chickens bred for meat.
Since 1980, the number of pollinating insects in Scotland - honey bees, bumble bees, the solitary bee, butterflies and hoverflies - has fallen by an estimated 51%. The decline, which threatens food crops and biodiversity, has rung alarm bells in Holyrood. This new strategy is the response.
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 Parliament regroups after the snap election, the names of the chairs of Parliament's influential, cross-party Select Committees have been listed.
The Taylor review of work in the UK endorses the gig economy but says its workers must be better protected.
Following on from the successful campaign to save universal infant frees school meals from being cut, Ben Reynolds explores how the food and farming movement could apply the learning from this to a wider vision for Better Food Britain in the wake of Brexit.
The EU helps direct policy for much (not all) commercial fishing in the UK, so we can develop an ambitious new sustainable fishing regime when we leave. There will be a new Fisheries Bill in the coming months - what are the key opportunities for change?
Michael Gove, MP for Surrey Heath and prominent Brexiteer, has replaced Andrea Leadsom as Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the post-election Government reshuffle.
Food campaigners are cautiously celebrating press reports that the Conservative election pledge to cut Universal Infant Free School Meals appears to have been dropped. Read more for Sustain's response
UK environmental groups call on the next UK Prime Minister to make it clear that the Paris climate change agreement cannot be renegotiated, and that expressing 'disappointment' to US President Trump on failing to ratify the landmark agreement is not enough.
New statistics show that the area under organic cultivation has fallen slightly, even while demand is growing, leading to lost opportunities and increased imports. The Soil Association is calling on the next government to boost support for organics.
The Defra-backed Food Innovation Network (FIN), which provides advice on access to funding, mentoring, and peer-to-peer collaboration to fledgling food businesses, will set out its stall at a free workshop in Reading.
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.
In one of its last acts before dissolution, the Efra committee published the report of its inquiry into food waste in England, calling for mandatory targets for waste and disposal.
Parliament's environmental watchdog, the Environmental Audit Committee, has produced a report highlighting the confusion surrounding the future of UK chemical regulation post Brexit, and calling on the Government to clarify the situation as a matter of urgency.
The House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee has launched the latest of several parliamentary inquiries into the impacts of Brexit. This one focuses on consumer protections.
Jason Feeney, a lifelong public servant, has been appointed head of the FSA, where he has been Chief Operating Officer since 2015.
Food businesses that supply goods directly to the UK's 10 largest supermarkets have until 17 April to submit comments to the Groceries Code Adjudicator.
As has been widely reported, at the end of March the Government triggered 'Article 50', the legal mechanism that begins the UK's exit from the EU. The Government also published details of the Great Repeal Bill that will transpose EU law into UK law, and a plan setting out its negotiating objectives.
Public Health England (PHE) has published guidelines setting out how the food industry should act to help children consume less sugar, targeting the everyday foods that contribute the most to children's sugar intakes.
Customs administration and delays pose a serious concern for firms after Brexit, a new report finds.
Two parliamentary Committees joined forces to question the Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food about his department's thinking on Brexit's implications.
Public Health England has updated its nutritional guidance for caterers to reflect new government advice on healthy eating.
Three new publications from parliamentary researchers provide clear explanations and up-to-date-statistics on topics of interest to Sustain members.
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