The Centre for Food Policy’s next Food Thinkers event discusses consumer trust in food system.
New research estimates that 100-180 million tonnes of food could be grown each year in urban areas. This could make up 10% of the global output of legumes, root, tubers and vegetable crops.
A resistance to antibiotics that are needed to treat serious diseases in humans has been found in meat in the food chain according to a European Union summary report on antimicrobial resistance in humans, animals and food.
To mark the start of Fairtrade Fortnight new research shows that 26% of Brits never think about who produces their food and almost half of us are unaware of exploitation in the food chain.
Battery cage eggs will no longer be allowed to be sold in French supermarkets after 2022. Compassion in World Farming think the ban doesn’t go far enough.
A super-sized genetically engineered salmon could be on sale in US grocery stores from next year. AquaBounty Technologies, who have grown and are marketing the fish, believe this could be a sustainable solution to over-fishing.
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.
GM Freeze welcomes a paper by IFOAM outlining which new breeding techniques are not compatible with organic farming.
Tech designers and developers from across the world come together for Fishackathon to build practical tech solutions to the challenge of sustainable fish.
In a sign that cultured meat will tip over into the mainstream, the US beef industry want to prevent “fake meat” being labelled as “beef.”
In a coalition deal agreed on 7 February the German government sets out its food and farming plans.
Farmers are using thousands of tonnes of colistin on healthy chickens to boost their weight.
A new report finds that Nestlé misleads and manipulates customers over the nutritional claims in its baby formula. It also contradicts its own nutritional advice in different countries.
An international report from the UK Health Forum into the collaboration of the food and drink industry with public health finds that conflict of interest repeatedly stop governments introducing measures to improve health.
The Soil Association release 10 food safety concerns with a transatlantic trade deal. The list includes ractopamine in pork, flame retardant in citrus drinks and chicken litter being used as animal feed.
The chief of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is urging governments to help curb the consumption of meat in an effort to reduce soaring greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking at the 10th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture last week José Graziano da Silva advises citizens to switch to plant based proteins.
A United Nations agency receives a $600,000 (£445,000) grant to research nuclear and isotopic farming. Nuclear techniques in agriculture include sterilising insect pests with gamma radiation, increasing crop production by exposing plants to radiation to change their genetic make-up and increasing livestock production by using isotopes to study hormones.
According to a report from Bloomberg Politics (which you can read here) the US is ‘sick and tired’ of us going on about chlorine-washed chicken, claiming that they don’t really use chlorine washes in their farming any more. Read Sustain's response.
The UN general assembly has decided to introduce World Bee Day after adopting a resolution proposed by Slovenia. World Bee Day will aim to raise awareness of the importance of bees and other pollinators and highlight the threats they are facing.
Experts in farm investment predict that it is ‘highly probable’ that meat will go the same way as tobacco, carbon and sugar. The Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return (FAIRR) Initiative believe that it won’t be long until governments across the world will decide to put a levy on meat.
Cities are stepping up where the federal government has fallen short. The New Food Economy has published an uplifting article on the local food policy councils which are driving a food revolution in the US.
Compassion in World Farming have visited Italian dairy farms and discovered the cruelty behind Parmigiano Reggiano (also known as parmesan) and its sister product Grana Padona cheese. The investigation discovered zero-grazing systems with cows permanently kept indoors.
The manufacturers behind a new line of insect based protein snacks have been taken “by surprise” by the demand for their product in Finland.
The UK's Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox, has responded to concerns expressed by the Sustain alliance, relating to US food standards such as chlorine-dipped chicken, hormone-reared beef, food irradiation and high fructose corn syrup in processed foods. Read our alliance letter, and Dr Liam Fox's response here.
Sustain is supporting the Trade Justice Movement in its call for future trade deals to be open and democratic, ensuring that the UK uses new trade relationships to support sustainable development rathe than a global race to the bottom.
The Canadian Senate has passed a bill which would stop unhealthy food and drink being advertised specifically to children. If it becomes law it would prohibit ‘packaging, advertising and all other forms of promotion directed at children.’
US farm antibiotic use is now more than twice as high per animal as it is in the UK, raising questions of what standards we will expect from US meat under new trade deals, for which talks re-commence this week.
European scientists have raised the alarm after a study 27 years in the making found the biomass of flying insects in nature protected areas has declined by more than 75% since 1990.
When the UK leaves the European Union it will be a World Trade Organisation (WTO) member negotiating in its own right - not as part of a block - on trade commitments. There are huge concerns over what that will mean for our food and farming system. We are running events and producing materials to help members understand the implications. This is a short primer on the WTO, trade rules and commitments and the status of the UK before and after Brexit.
China is speeding the introduction of the country’s first ever comprehensive animal welfare legislation, having worked closely with Sustain member the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ international advocacy team.
This year a new award from the Fairtrade Foundation and the National Union of Students is being piloted to encourage students to deepen their engagement with issues around trade, power and supply chains.
Emmanuel Macron supports a new type of contract based on farmers’ production costs.
The Centre for Food Policy is holding a public seminar on creating a US food system based on “food with values” rather than "cheap food.”
An Australian university finds that artificial sweeteners can increase risk of diabetes, but Diabetes UK are sceptical of their findings.
All children in New York City public schools now have access to free school lunches. Last year 75% of students were eligible for free lunches. This year Free School Lunch for All will provide meals for over 200,000 students.
At Sustain we are celebrating the people and potential of sustainable food. But we are also mindful that millions of people still do not enjoy 'food security'. A report being launched in London to mark World Food Day spells out what this means.
Dominant agri-food firms have become too big to feed humanity sustainably, too big to operate on equitable terms with other players in the food system, and too big to drive the types of innovation we need, according to a new report.
Despite being asked to do so under the Modern Slavery Act, a new report shows that some food companies are failing to assess and report known risks of modern slavery in their supply chains -- but there are also examples of good practice in the food sector.
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.
A detailed report from the Food Climate Research Network seeks to bring clarity to the much-debated question: Is grass-fed beef good or bad for the climate? The authors' answer -- after much erudite analysis -- is that on the whole, it's bad. But Sustain member the Sustainable Food Trust disagrees.
A new study has found that three-quarters of the honey produced around the world is contaminated with bee-killing pesticides, albeit at levels not deemed harmful to humans.
After a prolonged decline, the number of chronically undernourished people in the world increased last year, according to the latest statistics from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.
New statistics show that 16 million people were in forced labour in the global private economy in 2016. Among cases where the type of work was known, more than 1 in 10 worked in agriculture or fishing.
A coalition of organisations in the US is using the formidable buying power of America's fast food industry to leverage reductions in antibiotic use along meat supply chains.
After extensive consultation, the pan-European organic movement has produced a set of goals and a strategy to help the sector meet the political developments, environmental challenges and market trends it may face between now and 2030.
A third of the planet's land is severely degraded. Every year, 15 billion trees and 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil are lost. The land we live on is strained to breaking point, which makes halting and reversing land degradation a key priority for most countries. This UN report inaugurates a global platform to share knowledge and catalyse action.
An unequivocal report from the World Bank argues for systemic changes on the part of governments and food corporations, to tackle obesity and non-communicable diseases.
The fast food giant's US restaurants already serve chicken raised without the use of those antibiotics that have been categorised by the World Health Organisation as critically important to humans. McDonald's now plans to extend the policy to markets in the rest of the world, and to other meat supply chains.
Sustain alliance members have expressed their alarm at Trade Secretary Liam Fox's dismissal of concerns about chlorine-dipped chicken as a "detail" of new trade deals with the US.
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