The Institute for Fiscal Studies has issued a new report today which shows that if we choose to abolish all tariffs on products, inlcuding food, entering the UK when we exit the EU this “would have only a limited impact on the cost of living of the average household.”
I am delighted to have just contributed to a review of how well the UK is progressing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted globally in 2015.
Fresh analysis from Sustain, the food and farming alliance, suggests that Britain’s domestic regulators are hopelessly ill equipped for the extra work load that leaving the EU will entail.
GM Freeze call for compulsory GM labelling and strict regulation on growing and importing GM crops.
This Is Rubbish welcome the new EU Waste Framework Directive but call for individual countries to set binding targets on food waste.
A parliamentary committee has told the government’s Brexit and trade negotiators that they must not sacrifice Britain’s high food standards in order to secure trade deals.
During December 2017 and January 2018, the UK Labour Party consulted on their policies for coastal communities, in particular fishing and the fishing industry. Read on for Sustainable Fish Cities' response to this consultation.
Director General of the World Trade Organisation has warned the UK that prices would be likely to rise after a ‘hard Brexit; due to supply chain disruption and WTO tariffs, which would be especially high on agricultural products.
Pub operator JD Wetherspoon has issued a new beer mat accusing business leaders of misleading the public on expected food price hikes after Brexit. Sustain responds.
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.
A major new piece of research from the New Economics Foundation explores scenarios for what Brexit will mean for the UK’s fishing industry.
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.
The European soft drinks industry has voluntarily pledged to stop making sugary drinks available to secondary school students in the EU. This would affect 40 million young people in 50,000 secondary schools across 28 countries.
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.
Despite reassurances from Government, the Repeal Bill puts in jeopardy the laws, standards and institutions that protect the healthiness and sustainability of our food, farming and fishing. The coming months will be a maelstrom of political argument and horse-trading. Good food sense is under threat, but must prevail, says Kath Dalmeny of Sustain.
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on how to strengthen the bargaining power of farmers, who are being squeezed by the bigger, better-resourced manufacturers and retailers who buy their produce.
It's not just chlorine-dipped chicken. The quality and safety of baby food are at risk from the Repeal Bill and new international trade deals. We need strong standards and institutions to ensure babies get the nutrition and protection they need, say Dr Helen Crawley of the First Steps Nutrition Trust and Kath Dalmeny of Sustain.
Shadow Secretary of State for Brexit Keir Starmer has lodged a Reasoned Amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill (also known as the Repeal Bill), effectively opposing the second reading of the legislation, arguing that it fails to restore full sovereign power to the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
In the UK, food products that carry 'protected food names' are on average sold at almost twice the price of comparable food, worth around £1bn to the UK economy. But so far, Defra has not stepped up to the challenge of championing protected food names in EU negotiations and the Repeal Bill, argues Gerry Danby of Artisan Food Law.
Launching today an alliance of over 70 charities, NGOs, and organisations from across civil society, have called on the government to ensure that the Repeal Bill does not result in a power grab by ministers and a sidelining of the devolved nations in the Brexit process.
The UK’s departure from the European Union has profound implications for our food, farming and fishing. The Sustain alliance Campaign for a Better Food Britain seeks to ensure the best possible outcome for the UK’s food, farming and fishing industries, for citizens and the environment. Find out more about the Repeal, Trade, Agriculture and Fisheries Bills to come.
Sustain is campaigning for a Better Food Britain. This will seek to achieve the best possible outcomes for better food, farming and fishing as the UK leaves the European Union. The alliance met on 27 June 2017 to identify priorities for action in pursuit of the common goal of a Better Food Britain.
Following campaigning by parents and health professionals, the UK has made progress on removing potentially harmful additives from children's food. Now that the UK is leaving the EU and new trade deals are on the cards, we need to ensure these helpful policies and standards continue to be supported in the UK, says Annie Seeley of Action on Additives.
The Marine Conservation Society is calling on concerned citizens to lobby their MPs to protect wildlife laws that may come into question in the Brexit process.
Brexit Minister Steven Baker estimates that 800 to 1,000 EU-exit related laws will need to be amended; the Hansard Society warns that this could take place without proper parliamentary scrutiny.
The EU helps direct policy for much (not all) commercial fishing in the UK, so we can develop an ambitious new sustainable fishing regime when we leave. There will be a new Fisheries Bill in the coming months - what are the key opportunities for change?
Queen’s Speech sets out agenda for two-year Parliament that will see transposition of EU law via the Repeal Bill; a new Trade Bill, Agriculture Bill and Fisheries Bill, as negotiations commence between the UK and EU on the Brexit Deal for the UK leaving the European Union.
Help campaign for the European Council to accept ambitious food waste reduction targets, which will set EU food waste policy for the next 14 years.
French President Macron states he will defend the right of French fishermen to catch fish in British waters after Brexit.
Sustain presents principles and policies that would deliver better food and farming when we leave the European Common Agriculture Policy.
As has been widely reported, at the end of March the Government triggered 'Article 50', the legal mechanism that begins the UK's exit from the EU. The Government also published details of the Great Repeal Bill that will transpose EU law into UK law, and a plan setting out its negotiating objectives.
More than 200 organisations have today raised their objections to the planned mergers of six giant agriculture corporations.
A draft European Commission regulation proposes to prevent all use of neonicotinoid insecticides, on the basis of the high and acute threat they pose to bees, the food supply's essential pollinators.
Sustain has signed up to a new statement calling for a radical reform of European agriculture and related policies.
Bacteria found in humans, animals and food continue to show resistance to widely used antimicrobials, says the latest report from Europe's scientific authorities, leading to about 25,000 deaths in the EU every year.
A new blogpost on the FRC website argues that the EU workers our food supply depends on must be allowed to stay here -- but on better terms than at present.
On 24 January, Members of the European Parliament will vote on a proposal to reduce food waste in the EU by 50% by 2030. Campaigners are urged to sign here to show their support. Action is urgently needed because a new report by the EU's own auditors has found that the EU's activities so far have been inadequate.
Sustain’s Brexit-themed Annual Gathering took place on 17 January, the day that PM Theresa May gave her long-awaited speech on the principles on which the UK will negotiate our departure from the EU and the European Single Market. Sustain's coordinator Kath Dalmeny looks forward to our alliance priorities for 2017.
A detailed report for the European Parliament concludes that organic foods can protect human health and also, crucially, help to avert the crisis of antibiotic resistance.
Read our response to the publication of the Environmental Audit Committee report on The Future of the natural Environment after the EU Referendum.
A report from a European public health NGO spells out how the new EU-Canada trade treaty could open the door to unhealthy imports and fewer public powers to restrict them.
On the third anniversary of the EU's restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, 18 UK campaigning organisations have called on Defra to extend the ban, in response to mounting evidence of harm to pollinators.
A report commissioned by the European Commission that calls for legally binding rules to protect farmers from retailers' unfair trading practices has provoked a fierce reaction.
The fixation on Brexit has distracted attention from another international agreement with big implications for British food producers.
The European Food Safety Authority's annual analysis finds EU foods to be largely free of residues -- with foods imported from outside the EU more likely to be contaminated.
This popular fish is in danger of disappearing from menus and oceans without special protection under EU rules.
A report for the European Parliament calls on the EU to radically reconsider the way it subsidises agriculture, so that it supports decent livelihoods and attracts young people into farming.
Sustain member Friends of the Earth has joined other campaign groups to launch a petition to get a strong European waste target into UK law before Brexit.
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