Save the date(s): This is an extract from the Sustain Brexit Forum newsletter. Sign up to receive regular updates (monthly or bi-monthly) at: www.sustainweb.org/brexit/
The possibility of the UK crashing out of the EU with ‘no deal’ has dominated the past few febrile weeks on the Brexit scene. This is an extract from Sustain's Brexit Forum newsletter, examining the implications of a 'no deal' Brexit for food, farming and fishing. Sign up to receive news updates monthly or bi-monthly at: www.sustainweb.org/brexit
The Government's plan for replacing the EU Common Fisheries Policy has at last been published - find out more here. This is an extract from Sustain's Brexit Forum newsletter, June/July 2018. Sign up to receive news updates monthly or bi-monthly at: www.sustainweb.org/brexit
The new UK Trade Bill, preparations for future trade deals, and US food standards have been dominating the media and Parliament. With so much to play for in food, farming and fishing, read more about the latest developments in UK trade policy. This is an extract from Sustain's Brexit Forum newsletter, June/July 2018. Sign up to receive news updates monthly or bi-monthly at: www.sustainweb.org/brexit
Mars, Nestlé, Unilever and Danone aim to improve consumer health and the environment through founding the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance.
Patti Rundall OBE, policy director of Baby Milk Action, gives an eye-witness account of US government bullying tactics to prevent global efforts to protect breastfeeding and restrict misleaing marketing of breastmilk substitutes. It wasn't "fake news", she says - it really happened - "I know, I was there".
California has passed a state law that will prevent any new local drinks or food taxes for the next 12 years.
Recent moves by the World Health Organisation to encourage breastfeeding across the globe were reportedly blocked by the United States of America. Drawing on decades of research showing that mother’s milk is the healthiest for children the resolution ran into trouble when the US, apparently responding to the financial interests of infant formula manufacturers, objected.
The UK Government has today committed to negotiate with the EU for "a common rule book for all goods including agri-food" - Sustain's chief executive Kath Dalmeny welcomes the aspiration and raises concerns about the detail.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation reports that the amount of money invested in projects with a social or environmental benefit has doubled in the last year to $228 billion with strong growth in education, food and agriculture.
Foods containing artificial trans fats can no longer be bought in US restaurants and grocery shops.
Following on from a piece in the Guardian about big pharmaceutical companies' marketing campaigns muddying the waters on antiobiotic use in farming, Sustain CEO Kath Dalmeny has written an opinion piece for them. You can read the piece in full here.
Big pharmaceutical companies are using social media campaigns to muddy the waters on overuse of antibiotics in farming.
Research from the United States Department of Agriculture shows that public funding for agricultural research and development in high-income countries has fallen 6% between 2009-2013, the first sustained drop in over 50 years.
Sustain member Eating Better is supporting a global initiative emphasising the importance of reducing our meat intake for the sake of the planet.
Sustain member Beyond GM believes that labelling isn’t enough - we need to start producing food that people can trust.
As part of France’s Food and Agriculture Bill ministers voted against banning companies from advertising children’s foods high in fat, sugar and salt.
British microbiologists have found that chlorine-washing food does not kill listeria and salmonella food poisoning bugs. The technique has been the cause of controversy relating to US and UK food standards, especially chlorine-washed chicken.
A new study shows that people who eat an egg a day could ‘significantly’ reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.
The Falkland Islands government has lobbied British MPs to ensure that their fishing industry continues to have access to EU markets after Brexit, with fishing accounting for 41% of the Islands’ economy.
Food Brexit is a major food industry conference that will take place in London on 1 November 2018, with Sustain’s chief executive Kath Dalmeny speaking in a session focusing on the opportunities, risks and challenges of implementing a US-UK trade deal.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) say that banning trans fats could save half a million lives every year.
The Health Select Committee’s Inquiry on childhood obesity took evidence from several government ministers yesterday. During proceedings, Public Health Minister Steve Brine commented that Brexit was an opportunity ‘to take back control’ of our food labelling.
Media reports suggest that the EU has “leapt ahead of the UK in the pursuit of free trade deals with Australia and New Zealand” after member states gave the green light for talks to start within weeks.
Former UK shadow Chancellor and now Harvard research fellow Ed Balls has published a research paper (co-written with fellow researcher Peter Sands) on the latest thinking of senior trade negotiation officials in the US and UK. You can read the full paper here.
Sustain member the Fairtrade Foundation announces Lord Mark Price, the former trade minister and managing director of Waitrose, as their new chair of trustees.
Liam Fox is due to give a speech today in which he will reportedly say that it is 'anti-trade' and a 'myth' to point out that future trade deals we sign after Brexit could result in a 'degradation of food and environmental standards'. He says this is a false claim and even says it is a 'deception'.
The European Commission launches an investigation into front of pack nutritional labelling.
The frozen food retailer is the first major UK supermarket to pledge to remove palm oil from its own brand products in an attempt to halt the destruction of tropical rainforests.
The Global Food Crisis Report shows rise in the amount of people starving. The areas most in need are north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen and South Sudan, where nearly 32 million people were food-insecure and in need of urgent assistance.
Around 70 farmworkers held a five day fast in Manhattan to protest over appalling working conditions - including sexual violence - for tomato pickers.
Calls to reduce antibiotic use as new research finds huge increase in their use - mostly in poorer nations.
As existing American organic classifications are eroded a new breed of Organic Plus products emerges.
As Donald Trump's language becomes increasingly bellicose about possible steel trade wars, the UK has been warned it will have to concede 'everything' in order to secure a trade deal.
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.
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