A roundup of responses from some of our members to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s 2018 Budget.
Sustain member, the Vegetarian Society, have created their own vegetarian Eatwell guide as an alternative to the government’s meat based plate.
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) tells MPs that their certification “isn’t perfect” and will improve the governing of independent certifiers.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (who are a member of Sustain) see the plans as a ‘huge environmental risk to our landscapes.’
The British Dietetic Association welcomes news that the Government has decided to continue to make gluten free bread and flour mixes available on prescription.
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.
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.
A meeting of MPs will hear that a unique opportunity exists to expand one of the most buoyant sectors of the UK food and farming system.
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.
The deadline for submissions on why the Groceries Code Adjudicator's remit should be extended to include small-scale suppliers is 10 January 2017.
Website will host reports, talks, blogs and more, from academia and civil society, to monitor and shape discussions of how British food and farming will look outside the EU
The Fairtrade Foundation says survey findings send a strong signal to Government that the public cares about fair returns to farmers
Campaign group Baby Milk Action warns that reduced numbers of Trading Standards officers mean retailers can break marketing codes for breastmilk substitutes with little fear of sanction.
The forthcoming review must ensure that the Groceries Code Adjudicator has the powers it needs to investigate exploitation and curb abuses of buying power along the whole food supply chain
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.
Neonics kept out of the UK, but glyphosate gets a leg-up, reports Sustain member Garden Organic
Sustain members challenge UK advertisers and authorities on the integrity of the advice given on infant feeding
Campaign groups hope the new Act will help achieve fairness and transparency in food supply chains
Sustain member CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) are celebrating more pubs being nominated as ‘Assets of Community Value’ (ACVs).
Sustain member the RSPB have launched a new report looking at the impact of 150 voluntary schemes across a range of sectors and issues.
Sustain member School Food Matters have welcomed the news that David Cameron has publicly backed the Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) policy.
Delegates at Stockholm World Water Week have urged international governments to take water scarcity more seriously.
Kerry McCarthy MP for Bristol East introduced her Food Waste (Reduction) Bill in the House of commons this week.
Sustain member the Soil Association have published a report questioning government policy to subsidise maize grown for energy in the UK.
There was some good news for small-scale cider makers in this week's budget.
An alliance of organisations including the Sustainable Food Trust, the National Trust, Compassion in World Farming and the RSPB have written to all the main UK political parties asking them to commit to protecting 'natural capital'. Natural capital includes clean air, safe water and healthy soils as well as resources such as birds and pollinating insects. The Natural Capital Committee are particularly concerned about the impact of UK agriculture - pointing out that the environmental costs of food production are not reflected in the price of food and so there are few market incentives to reduce them. The Committee called for the positive impacts of farming to be encouraged and rewarded by government.
Campaigners at Farms Not Factories have welcomed news that the Environment Agency have turned down an environmental permit for a pig farm with capacity for up to 24,500 pigs at Foston, Derbyshire. The proposed unit had been the subject of a four-year long fight between campaigners opposing the plan and Midland Pig Producers.
Lord Krebs told the Oxford Farming Conference that organic farming did not necessarily mean more environmentally friendly farming. Helen Browning, chief executive of Sustain member the Soil Association has said she is bemused at Lord Krebs hostility towards organic methods.
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