In February 2018 the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs commissioned an independent review of farm inspection and regulation. The purpose of the review is to identify ways to improve regulation to reduce burden on farmers and maintain and enhance animal, environmental and plant health standards.
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
How can we use the whole resource of public and private money and social capital to support thriving food, farming and countryside? 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
A new Environment Act, green watchdog and institutions to regulate chemicals are all needed - and must be robust enough to defend our health and the natural environment. Just some of the issues being addressed in UK environment 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
Sustain is pleased that the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England touches on food production and access to healthier food.
WeWork, a global office sharing company, will stop serving meals with meat in them and will ban staff from claiming meals containing meat on expenses.
Shops, farms and producers are celebrating the return of Organic September from Sustain member the Soil Association.
In six months’ time the Oxford Real Farming Conference will mark its 10th anniversary. They are looking for speakers and topic ideas to celebrate this event.
Wildlife and Countryside Link (who are part of the Sustain alliance) have co-ordinated 25 charities to challenge the Prime Minister to be more ambitious in the scope and detail of the newly announced Environment Bill.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimate that a third of the world’s ocean’s are overfished whilst fish consumption is at an all time high.
The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (who are a member of Sustain) launch a new MSc programme to study sustainable food and water systems.
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agroecology event on ‘The Environmental Watchdog: The Legal Status of Post-Brexit Environmental Protections’ will be held on 4 July. Find out how to book.
Sustain member Eating Better welcomes Simon Billing as their new executive director.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (who are a member of Sustain) see the plans as a ‘huge environmental risk to our landscapes.’
Sustain member Eating Better is supporting a global initiative emphasising the importance of reducing our meat intake for the sake of the planet.
The UK Fisheries Bill, due for introduction to Parliament in 2018, needs to have a strong overall vision, to make sure fishers are guaranteed a bright, sustainable future.
Sustain has submitted evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee ‘Sustainable Seas’ inquiry, urging government to make more use of the very significant buying power of the public and food business sectors to secure a sustainable future for fish stocks and marine ecosystems.
Sustain has raised renewed concerns about the UK’s commitment to end overfishing, as leading European fishery policy experts highlight the need for all EU members to accelerate progress towards their agreed 2020 deadline.
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.
The UK government has launched a consultation on environmental governance after Brexit, widely received with disappointment by environment and wildlife groups, with one industry commentator saying that it shows “the misperception that regulations are bad for growth still stands in the way of good environmental policymaking”.
On 22 May Michael Gove announced plans to tackle sources of air pollution, saying the Government wants to clamp down on things like coal burning and ammonia from farms. Sustain responds
Country Land and Business Associates (CLA) has proposed a new Land Management Contract for the payment for delivery of public benefits.
The House of Lords has voted in favour of 15 significant amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill, set to return to the House of Commons within weeks. Several are highly relevant to standards for food, farming and fishing.
New research from Fields in Trust demonstrates that parks & green spaces across the UK provide people with over £34 billion of health & wellbeing benefits.
Brexit transition arrangements recently agreed between the UK and EU, set to last until the end of 2020, should reassure seafood companies and provide opportunities to prepare for the future, said UK fisheries minister George Eustice.
Ben Bradley MP has introduced a new Bill to parliament to create a network of wildflower corridors to help bees and other pollinators.
An independent Farm Inspection and Regulation Review (England) is underway, commissioned by Defra.
New research has shown that over 75% of pig farmers and agricultural professionals support overturning the current ban on feeding leftovers to pigs.
A national tour is asking the public about what matters to them about food, farming and countryside, as the UK negotiates its exit from the EU.
Following pressure from campaigners EU member states have voted in favour of an almost complete ban of the use of neonicotinoid insecticides.
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The UK pork industry is currently unsustainable both in economic and environmental terms. To create a sustainable UK livestock industry that can thrive, we need to return to the practice of feeding food waste to pigs says Christina O'Sullivan of Feedback: The environmental organisation campaigning to change the food system.
Farming and environmental groups have written to Scottish Cabinet Secretaries for Climate Change and the Rural Economy, calling on the Scottish Government to use the new Climate Bill to drive a just transition to a carbon-neutral, resilient farming sector by 2050 at the latest.
Friends of the Earth is warning of risks to fish and the environment from a not-so-green Brexit, following an analysis of likely scenarios by Sheffield University.
The area of land around the world growing LEAF Marque certified crops increased last year by 6% to almost 400,000 hectares.
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.
A social science study into a group of British farmers who ‘redesigned’ their farms to agroecological practices shows they benefited both practically and emotionally to sustainable agriculture.
The proposed revisions to the planning policy framework for England are open for consultation. But are the proposals a missed opportunity for a more sustainable food system?
At the consultation event co-hosted with Sustain and DEFRA on 10 April 2018, Michael Gove, Defra Secretary of State urged people to take advantage of the Defra consultation on Future Farming to 'make it clear what you want’ saying “I want a food and farming policy that reflects what the people in the country want – higher standards and better outcomes.” and noted the need to “stop it being shaped by vested interests to imprint their agenda.”
DEFRA, in partnership with Sustain, is hosting a consultation event in London on 10 April to capture local and member viewpoints on its public consultation: ‘Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment’
Book your ticket now for the Future of Farming conference, run by the Sustainable Food Trust and featuring talks by Secretary of State for Defra Michael Gove and NFU President Minette Batters, among many others.
26 organisations including scientists, farmers, retailers and environmentalists lodge a formal objection to the open field trial of genetically engineered oilseed at Rothamsted Research.
Pesticide Action Network UK challenge the assertions that pesticide use has decreased over the past couple of decades. In a new report they find that more land and crops are being treated with more potent pesticides.
The government announces plans for a deposit return scheme for bottles following a long campaign by a coalition of Sustain members.
The Greener UK coalition has issued a warning that we need to act now for nature’s recovery and a healthy environment.
New trade routes formed after UK leaves the EU could leave Britain inundated with invasive species. According to Wildlife and Countryside Link last year invasive species cost Britain over £2billion.
The Centre for Dairy Research (CEDAR) based at the University of Reading is now an Innovation Centre for Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF). It will support LEAF’s work in using modern technology and traditional methods to deliver more sustainable food and farming.
The World Health Organization is to review the potential risks of plastic in drinking water. Following investigations which found microplastics in bottled water the review will assess the potential damage of ingesting plastic over a long period.
Government will enforce new rules for water use on farms in England from 2 April 2018. The regulations will aim to avoid water pollution and benefit farm businesses.
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