An investigation by Sustainable Fish Cities, and published today in the Independent, has found that UK fishers are losing out on markets worth an estimated £62 million because UK companies are buying-in sustainable fish from overseas.
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.
Sustainable Fish Cities, the campaign to ensure only sustainable fish is eaten out of home in London, has welcomed the Mayor’s commitment to sustainable fish buying in the capital.
The Sustainable Fish Cities campaign was honoured alongside the procurement community’s finest at the UK Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards.
Sustainable Fish Cities wants to know who you would like to see serving sustainable fish. The campaign is inviting the public to vote on the next steps by completing an online poll.
In the second formal investigation by the GCA, and the first since Christine Tacon has had the power to level penalties, the Co-op will be investigated for removing products from their stores.
The Marine Conservation Society are asking the public to sign their petition to introduce levies on single use plastic items. They believe that plastic cups, cutlery, straws, bottles, lids and stirrers are too cheap and their price doesn’t reflect the damage they do to nature.
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.
Sustainable Food Cities are pleased to announce they will be joining forces with the partners behind Peas Please from summer 2018 for the Veg Cities campaign.
Everyone Active launches its national involvement in the SUGAR SMART campaign by pledging to remove more than three tonnes of sugar from its food and beverage products over the next three years.
Following on from the successful campaign to save universal infant frees school meals from being cut, Ben Reynolds explores how the food and farming movement could apply the learning from this to a wider vision for Better Food Britain in the wake of Brexit.
The city of Manchester has taken a major step towards being crowned a Sustainable Fish City  as top universities and colleges commit to switching to serving sustainable fish.
Fish and chip shops without a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certificate are five times more likely to serve the wrong species to their customers, according to DNA tests released today.
This report shares the results of research into NHS hospital food standards across one geographical area, London. It is hoped that this test case can be used to understand more about hospital food nationwide. For this, the Campaign for Better Hospital Food collected data from 30 of the 39 acute hospitals in London.
For the first time the Campaign for Better Hospital Food has undertaken an in-depth report into the current state of hospital food in NHS England, using London as a test case for the rest of the country.
A concerted effort by government and industry will help more Scottish-grown food find its way onto menus in schools, hospitals and other public settings, to support Scotland's food and drink sector.
ICES, the scientific body that recommends fishing catch levels, say UK populations of seabass are so worryingly low that fishing should completely stop.
As the new school year starts, Sustain member FareShare is calling for more fresh fruit suppliers to provide surplus produce, to help hundreds of breakfast clubs give children a healthy start to their day.
The large and growing catering sector could benefit from taking steps to provide more sustainable food, says a report from the Food Ethics Council
The majority of Cardiff’s students are now dining on Sustainable Fish as Cardiff Metropolitan University sign the Sustainable Fish Cities pledge , earning the city its third star out of the five required to become a Sustainable Fish City.
The UK's decision not to support a new EU regulation funding school milk and fruit is a missed oportunity, according to a British farmers' union
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.
Almost half the winners in the 2016 National Fish and Chip Awards have been won by outlets serving MSC-certified fish
Since launching the campaign action only a week ago, asking some of the UK's biggest high street chains to come clean on their fish sourcing, we have paused the action due to swift responses from Bella Italia, Café Rouge and JD Wetherspoon in publishing their fish policies.
We are delighted to say that Bella Italia and JD Wetherspoons have positively responded to our action.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Fish2fork and Sustainable Fish Cities launch a campaign today to gain public pledges from three of the largest restaurant chains in the UK to serve 100% demonstrably sustainable fish.
Many of the UK’s top restaurant chains serve unsustainable fish, and must improve to ensure our marine resources are protected. A study published today by the Marine Conservation Society and Fish2Fork found that Café Rouge, Harvester, Wagamama, Ask, Chiquito, Frankie & Benny’s and Bella Italia failed to meet even basic standards for sustainable fish sourcing.
Stockport have become the latest large town in the UK to kick off their Sustainable Fish Cities campaign and have done so in style, with a pledge to serve only demonstrably sustainable fish from large local caterer Solutions SK.
North Sea cod has been removed from the Marine Conservation Society’s 'fish to avoid' list, but many cod stocks remain dangerously depleated. The latest ratings show that wild-caught seabass should still be completely avoided and overall a greater number of stocks have been down-graded than improved.
The Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced a public procurement review to help address the dairy crisis.
Nearly 40,000 pupils will be offered sustainable fish as part of their school lunch thanks to the Sustainable Fish Cities pledge signed by education caterer Edwards and Ward.
Sustains’ Ruth Westcott joined foodservice leaders to consider the myriad UK ecolabelling schemes, and how the Sustainable Fish Cities campaign navigates them.
One in six UK primary schools are now serving MSC certified sustainable fish to students according to figures published today by the Marine Stewardship Council.
The London borough has become the latest to pledge that all fish in their school meals service will be demonstrably sustainable.
Durham City has become only the second place in the UK to achieve 4 stars in their bid to become a Sustainable Fish City.
The Campaign for Better Hospital Food is collecting 45p cheques from members of the public in a bid to protect the closure of kitchens at hospitals in Wantage, Didcot, Wallingford, Chipping Norton and Witney.
Manchester is the latest place bidding to become a Sustainable Fish City by securing sustainable fish commitments from its top institutions. The city-wide campaign aims to transform the fish-eating culture of the city and will invite the local council, hospitals, universities, large workplaces and iconic venues to serve only verifiably sustainable fish. The campaign has already received it’s first pledge from the University of Manchester.
The commitment means that Brakes' own brand, general sale range will only contain fish which complies with the tough Sustainable Fish Cities pledge. To celebrate, divers at SEA LIFE London Aquarium held an underwater fish supper surrounded by their resident turtles and sharks.
The Nordicfood2024 conference is a series of workshops run by the Nordic Council of Ministers focusing on the future of Nordic food. One of the workshops looked at the potential for the six million plus public meals which are served in the Nordic region every day to contribute to a more sustainable and healthy food culture. The meeting called for more research into public meals in the region to encourage political support. Public meals, they said, should lead the way in healthy sustainable procurement and cooking. In addition the meeting called for flexible hospital meals to be available around the clock and for school meals to play their part in introducing children to a sustainable food culture. See also Sustain's work on hospital food and school food.
Bournemouth and Poole have been crowned the world's first sustainable fish city, after businesses serving 3.7 million meals per year in the city region commit to serving only sustainable fish.
The closure of hospital kitchens at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust will mean that more than £1 million of food which can currently be spent on fresh food will now be spent instead on ready meals, creating a loss of more than £3 million in economic benefits for Oxfordshire communities. This includes the loss of local jobs and withdrawal of vital business for local businesses. Support Sustain's campaign and sign the petition to halt the closure of the hospital kitchens.
The Sustainable Fish Cities campaign has received pledges from four Cambridge colleges; Darwin, Magdalene, Peterhouse and Robinson, and the University of Leeds. The commitments will affect the fish served to over 35,000 students, and mean 32 UK higher educational establishments have now taken the Fish Cities pledge.
Ruth Westcott joined BBC Radio Wales to discuss news that all Welsh hospitals will serve sustainable fish. Interview starts at 01:55, listen out for a cheeky fish pun! Sustainable Fish Cities is run by Sustain and is this years Sustainable Food Cities campaign.
NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP) have signed the Sustainable Fish Cities pledge, meaning only verifiably sustainable fish will be served in an estimated 850,000 meals per year. Sustainable fish standards will be mandatory in England from April 1st, yet worryingly few hospitals and caterers outside Wales have made the same commitment.
London Food Link and Real Bread Campaign supporter E5 Bakehouse has been chosen as a finalist in the BBC Food & Farming Awards 2015. The other independent, London food enterprises on the podium are Crystal Palace Food Market, Square Root Drinks and What the Dickens. London-based finalists also include the MA in Food Anthropology course at SOAS, the national (but currently predominantly Londony) Food Assembly, and Sustain's own national Campaign For Better Hospital Food.
Campaign for Better Hospital Food is nominated for a BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Award in the Best Initiative in British Food category.
Jamie Oliver has stepped in to the fray over the threat posed to food standards by the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which he believes will lower standards such as getting around bans imposed by the EU on putting growth hormoes and pesticides in meat, as the same standards dont apply in the US.
In an article for the Guardian, Prue Leith CBE calls the government's hospital food proposals "hopelessly weak". She calls on it to carry out radical changes to the way that food is served and sold in hospitals in England. This includes investing in more kitchens and setting more ambitious food standards in law. Take action at Sustain's Campaign for Better Hospital Food
Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 (23 February - 8 March) sees the premiere of a new special film from the Fairtrade Foundation. 'Fairtrade Matters' is a 13 minute film giving an insight into the lives of two of the farmers and workers at the heart of Fairtrade. Join Edson and Tsala to see the difference Fairtrade makes for them, their families and communities, and the challenges they face in a poignant portrait of the everyday reality of life behind the tea we drink.
Sustainable Fish Cities Cambridge, which is run by Cambridge Sustainable Food, has received its first pledge in its mission to become a sustainable fish city. Madingley Hall, home of the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, will now switch to only sustainable fish for all their residential and event food.
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