New research from Fields in Trust demonstrates that parks & green spaces across the UK provide people with over £34 billion of health & wellbeing benefits.
Today, the Labour Party’s Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, will announce a new commitment that a future Labour government would place hospital food standards on the same legal basis as school food standards.
As the Government prepares the next stage of its Childhood Obesity Plan, is it time to end the love affair between children’s favourite cartoon characters and junk food? asks Children's Food Campaign's Barbara Crowther.
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.
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.
New reports show mixed progress of London’s councils in improving local food and tackling food poverty. But despite budget cuts, many councils applauded for their commitment to tackling poverty, with more paying the London Living Wage and improving food and care for children.
Sustain applauds the main points of the vision laid out in the Rethinking Food in Wales inquiry from the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee, part of the National Assembly for Wales
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.
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.
Kath Dalmeny, CEO of Sustain, and Sarah Williams, Sustain’s Programme Director responsible for London Food Link, have been recruited to the London Food Board as a job share appointment to feed into the development and implementation of a new London Food strategy.
In response to today's article in The Telegraph on 'cutting red tape', Sustain's Chief Executive, Kath Dalmeny, submitted the following letter.
Campaigns for a deposit return system on plastic drinks botttles, a call for takeaway containers to be compostable and a Commons inquiry into disposable coffee cups -- there are mounting signs that food packaging needs to change.
Most British adults agree that changing diets could reduce impacts of climate change, although taste, value and health remain the most important factors when shopping for food, according to new research.
Join us on the 17 January 2017 for an evening of debate, celebration, and the opportunity to meet some of the UK’s leading sustainable food, farming and fishing organisations and initiatives. With special guest speaker Lord Don Curry.
An extensive survey of public attitudes to obesity suggests that our perceptions of when someone is overweight are changing, but obese people are still stigmatised.
The government has published a major overhaul of its earlier proposal to restrict universities, charities and community groups from advocating policy change when in receipt of public funding.
The results of the sixth annual survey of food initiatives supported by London councils have been published by campaigning network London Food Link. The ‘Good Food For London’ report, supported by the Mayor of London and national food and farming organisations, measures progress and encourages local councils to take action on good food.
The latest data from the largest official survey of British eating habits reveals that just 8% of 11-to-18-year-olds meet the 5-a-day recommendation for fruit and vegetable consumption
Sustain coordianted a letter to David Davis outlining the case for food and farming to be top of his agenda in his Ministerial position of negotiating the UK's exit from the EU. Read on for a sample of some of the press coverage of this letter.
Communities and regions are invited to apply to a fund which aims to build a 'network of new foodie trails'
The letter urges the Brexit Government, and new Secretary for State, David Davis, to take control of food, farming and fisheries for public good.
Whilst still digesting this morning’s news, many Sustain members have been putting forward their thoughts on the UK’s decision to leave the EU and the implications for our food and farming. Read our first attempt to make sense of what lies ahead.
Food campaigners, unions and trade associations predict at best uncertainty and at worst bleak prospects for British food and farming in the aftermath of the UK decision to leave the EU.
Study supplies evidence that fiscal measures can steer consumption in healthier directions
Following publication of their Vote Good Food briefing, London Food Link is urging people to contact candidates to ensure good food is a priority for the next Mayor of London.
The Capital of Food report, released today by the Greater London Authority, celebrates a decade of good food leadership by the London Food Board and its many partners.
NHS England is helping to plan 10 new developments where the design and facilities will support healthy lifestyles, to combat problems such as obesity.
A new study that reviews the benefits and outcomes of approaches to green care for mental ill-health has been published by Natural England.
Sustain Strategy 2015 – 2020. We’re pleased to be introducing our guiding document for the next five years. This is the first time that Sustain has produced a strategic vision and its timing is telling.
Sustain member CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) are celebrating more pubs being nominated as ‘Assets of Community Value’ (ACVs).
Around one in six pregnant women in England are obese, which can increase health risks for both mothers and babies.
Campaigners are challenging all of the candidates for the 2016 London Mayoral elections to say what they would do to make London’s food systems healthier and better for the environment.
Sustain Ontario have welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's call for a food policy promoting healthy, safe and high quality Canadian-grown food.
Sustain member the RSPB have launched a new report looking at the impact of 150 voluntary schemes across a range of sectors and issues.
The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper on obesity statistics, breaking down the data by age, gender, local authority and deprivation.
Chancellor George Osborne has announced a £200 million cut to the public health budget for local councils, saying he will consult on the measure.
Jamie Oliver has launched a world-wide Food Revolution Day to campaign to put compulsory practical food education on the school curriculum. Jamie wants to see the leaders and governments of all G20 countries to sign up to educating children about food so they can learn the basic skills needed to lead heatlhier, happier lives. You can sign the petition, become an ambassador, download a free lesson plan or even listen to Jamie's Food Revolution rap with Ed Sheeran and others.
With the 2015 General Election on May 7 fast approaching, Sustain has been through the manifestos so you don't have to! Take a look at our table and easily compare the food and farming mainfesto pledges of the main political parties. Find out where the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Green Party, SNP, Plaid Cymru and UKIP stand on farming, animal welfare, the environment, the Common Agricultural Policy, food poverty, food safety and more! You can find the table and more information about our work on food policy here.
Research from New York based University at Buffalo has shown a lack of engagement with food policy by local government in the US. They found that few of the planning department officials they surveyed cited food as a key priority in their work. Academics from the University say this is leading to food access and health problems for local consumers as well as a lack of support for local farmers. They would like to see a greater priority given to food systems in local government, calling for food policy councils, like those already operating in Washington and Baltimore, in every city. See also Sustain's work on Sustainable Food Cities here.
Together with other members of the Save Our School Food Standards campaign, we have sent a letter to each of the main parties, asking them: "Will your party make the school food standards mandatory for all schools"? To date, we have had responses from the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Labour. You can read what each says here. Sustain has also published a table of the different manifesto commitments on food and farming issues.
Find out where the different political parties stand on food and farming issues. Sustain has compiled their positions on food and farming as stated in the 2015 general election main manifestos.
An extract from a feature on traceability in The 6 March 2015 issue of British Baker: Chris Young from the Real Bread Campaign says the shorter the links of the chain from seed to sandwich, the better. “We have always championed Real Bread being made at the hearts of our local communities and encouraged bakers to seek out local ingredients. The fuller the details provide by the baker of how, where, when and with what a loaf was made, the more confident people will be that they are paying an honest price for an honest crust,” he says. “More and more want people in local bakeries who can tell them everything about their loaves in person. More people are prepared to pay a premium for loaves in the belief that certain standards or values are being adhered to, but the Real Bread Campaign wants to legal definitions to words including ‘artisan’, ‘fresh’, ‘traditional’, and ‘sourdough’ in place.”
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Projects & campaigns
Better Hospital Food
Children's Food Campaign
Food and Farming Policy
Food co-ops toolkit
Good Food For London
London Food Link
Planning Food Cities
Real Bread Campaign
Roots to work
Save Our Antibiotics
Sugar Smart UK
Sustainable Fish Cities
Sustainable Food Cities
The Big Dig
Urban Food Fortnight