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.
The Scottish Government have published their Climate Change Plan. Nourish Scotland believe the Plan doesn’t do enough to tackle greenhouse emissions from farms.
Greenpeace launch a campaign to drastically reduce our meat and dairy production and consumption to avoid dangerous climate change.
Defra publishes ten-week consultation on the UK's first major new farming legislation since 1947. Sustain's Farming Campaign Coordinator Vicki Hird gives an initial response to seeing a version of the consultation.
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.
18 environmental groups, co-ordinated by Wildlife and Countryside Link, respond to the latest Government waste and recycling figures by demanding legally binding targets.
An influential UK free-trade think tank has identified eating American beef as a ‘gain’ for British consumers from post-Brexit trade deals, whilst claiming food safety and health concerns about US food standards are ‘myths’.
GM Freeze welcomes a paper by IFOAM outlining which new breeding techniques are not compatible with organic farming.
A campaign asks landowners to donate sites which will be protected for ecological agriculture forever. The scheme, run by the Ecological Land Cooperative, will also create new affordable small holdings for new entrants into farming.
The UK organic market is now worth £2.2bn following six years of steady growth. The Soil Association’s Market Report finds that organics now accounts for 1.5% of total UK food and drink market.
A poll by The Grocer finds that 38% of 18-24 year olds are worried about the environmental impact of eating meat.
The next Women’s Environmental Network Forum will discuss the role of women’s empowerment in creating sustainable cities.
Event at the University of Gloucestershire will discuss what the region needs for 21st century food and farming.
Many are now deeply concerned that in the race to secure international trade deals, the UK may come under severe pressure to compromise our food standards – a damaging race to the bottom. Sustain's Kath Dalmeny sets out how trade deals must now be used to promote a beneficial race to the top.
If we are going to make the most of Brexit for food, farming and our countryside, we would do well to reflect on what opportunities are presented by this moment in history. So says Kath Dalmeny of Sustain, newly appointed as a commissioner to the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission launched in November by the RSA.
Researchers from The University of Manchester have found that, on average, the carbon footprint of the ready-made sandwich is around twice that of a sandwich made at home.
The Sustainable Soils Alliance outline the interventions needed to restore soil health within one generation in a new report.
Sustain has been delighted to read the poems of Adam Horowitz following his launch at the Oxford Real Farming Conference in January 2018. The Soil Never Sleeps is the second full collection of poetry by Adam Horovitz, published by Palewell Press in January 2018.
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.
Currently, farming is judged using a narrow and outdated definition of 'economic productivity' that does little to recognise the vital role of farming, and the costs to farmers, in conserving natural resources and our farmed landscape. Productivity and farm efficiency need to be redefined for the modern age, argues Sustain's sustainable farming campaigner Vicki Hird.
Members of the Greener UK alliance have expressed "serious concerns" that UK environmental protections will be reduced after Brexit, despite the Government's promises to put the environment into a better state for the next generation.
The Uplands Alliance - representing hill farmers and upland land managers - reports on meetings with Defra and farming minister George Eustice MP, seeking to influence the design and priorities of new farm payment schemes.
Against a rising tide of public anger and political noise demanding action on childhood obesity and plastic waste, has the time come for a rebirth of the humble drinking fountain, and could it become a positive physical emblem of the kind of country we want following Brexit?
The UK’s largest supermarket is to trial a deposit return scheme as part of their plans to reduce plastic pollution. The Marine Conservation Society are ‘delighted’ by Tesco’s announcement and hope that Theresa May will take note.
This week BBC One’s The Big Questions debated whether or not meat should be taxed.
The much trailed environment plan has been anticipated in much the same way as the Stone Roses Second Coming. Although not five years in the making, there was still the suspicion that the plan was going to struggle to please the fans.
Initial Sustain response to the publication of the new Government 25 year Environment Plan By Prime Minister Theresa May today.
Ahead of the Government's 25 Year Environment Plan released tomorrow, Sustain respond with some of the issues they hope will be addressed relating to food and farming. To help keep track of this long wish list - they've produced a bingo card and will be hoping for a full house.
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.
A UN compliance committee is considering a complaint submitted by Sustain member Friends of the Earth, alleging that the UK government has breached the Aarhus Convention by not consulting the British public over the EU Withdrawal Bill
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.
This year the UK will have spent more money on ethical products than ever before. According to the Ethical Consumer Report the UK now spends £81.3 billion a year on ethical goods and services - up 3.2% from the previous year.
New tests have revealed the extent to which English rivers are contaminated with powerful insecticides. Pesticide Action Network (PAN UK) are calling on the Government to commit to an overall reduction in pesticide use.
Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee challenges Government Ministers on whether the 'one in, three out' principle will apply to UK environmental regulation post-Brexit, receiving a non-committal response.
The UK’s approach to food sustainability is lagging behind our European counterparts. A report by the Food Ethics Council using data from The Food Sustainability Index found that the UK is near the bottom of the table - only ahead of Russia and Greece.
Farmers are assessing the value of nature to decide what to prioritise in their environment.
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 rich debate about how we deliver new farming and land management support after we leave the CAP is getting interesting. As we anticipate the White Paper on a new UK Agriculture Bill in 2018 choices are presenting themselves. How will new schemes work out on the farm? How will decisions actually get made? The following are ideas for the discussion ahead.
Chief Executive of the Green Alliance Shaun Spiers argues that the environmental consequences of the UK crashing out of the EU with ‘no deal’ will be severe.
The UK will back a total ban on insect-harming pesticides in fields across Europe, the environment secretary, Michael Gove, has revealed.
How can the UK Government take action on the environment and animal welfare in a post Brexit era? Join George Monbiot, Julia Davenport of Good Energy, Karla Hill of ClientEarth and MEP Catherine Bearder for Wildlife & Countryside Link's for a stimulating debate in Woking on 4th December.
A new Department for Business, Energy & Industrial (BEIS) Strategy published today sets out how government intends to be "building a Britain fit for the future – how we will help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs with investment in the skills, industries and infrastructure of the future." Several sections relate to food production.
A Big Gene Gathering is taking place in December to celebrate 20 years of successful work by anti-GM activists.
A new report by the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics discloses which supermarkets routinely use antibiotics in their meat production.
The short film - ‘One Day a Week’ - highlights the huge environmental impact of animal agriculture and encourages people to eat less meat.
There was excellent news today for Sustain members who have been working for several years to see a ban on a pesticide that harms bees and other insects. DEFRA Secretary of State Gove announced the UK would vote in the EU for a ban on its use.
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.
A deposit scheme for cans and bottles - similar to milk bottle collection or the old Irn-Bru bottle scheme - could save local authorities up to £35 million a year, according to new research partly funded by Sustain members.
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