Yesterday in Parliament, Dr Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade, reiterated his opinion that chlorine-washed chicken is safe to eat and that he had no objection to it being sold to the British public. Yet US food standards also raise questions about hormone-reared beef and dairy, food irradiation and Salmonella in eggs.
Sustain's Chief Executive Kath Dalmeny reports on a meeting with Michael Gove, the opportunities this presents, and her sense that the time has come for Sustain and alliance members to step ever more confidently onto the national stage.
Vicki Hird, Sustain’s Farm Campaign Coordinator features in the BBC Panorama programme to be broadcast today (10 July 2017) talking on the likely impact on our food and farming of a new trade deal with the United States. [Update: the programme can now be viewed on Iplayer - http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08y7nm6/panorama-britains-food-farming-the-brexit-effect ]
Food policy is spread over various departments and policy areas, so there are several noteworthy appointments in the government formed by PM Theresa May after the EU referendum
Sustain member CASH claims that the Government's Responsibility Deal is failing to deliver reduced salt levels in processed foods
Sustain, the Fairtrade Foundation, Traidcraft, Feedback and the National Farmers Union have joined forces to call for the Groceries Code Adjudicator remit to extend to farmers, to protect them from unfair trading practices by supermarkets.
DEFRA's new Great British Food Unit are using food brands to 'turbo-charge UK food exports.'
Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced that 2016 will be the Year of British Food and will see the launch of the Great British Food Unit which will be run by Defra and UKTI.
Eighty representatives from UK food and farming industry will help to develop an industry-led long term plan for the future of food and farming, Defra has announced.
Environment Secretary Liz Truss has welcomed a rise in British gin exports of 37% in the last five years.
Consumer rights victory in Australia sets shining example for other countries to follow
Campaign for Better Hospital Food is nominated for a BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Award in the Best Initiative in British Food category.
In response to the NFU's concern that the UK is 'losing ability to feed itself' (Telegraph, 22 February 2015), Soil Association policy director Peter Melchett commented: "The Soil Association shares the National Farmers Union’s (NFU) concern about the loss of agricultural land for food production, but this is not being driven by a huge increase in farmland being used for weddings! The main cause of the decline... is farmland being diverted to growing oilseed rape for industrial uses and fuel, and recently the huge increase in farmland being used to grow maize for energy production in AD units – both trends that the NFU sadly supports..."
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