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Where have all the food police gone?

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.

13/03/2018   Brexit

New laws for farmers on water pollution

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.

12/03/2018   Food and Farming Policy

‘Disturbing complacency’ of Scottish Government over agricultural climate change

The Scottish Government have published their Climate Change Plan. Nourish Scotland believe the Plan doesn’t do enough to tackle greenhouse emissions from farms.

08/03/2018   Food and climate change

Co-op to be investigated by the Groceries Code Adjudicator

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.

08/03/2018   Food and Farming Policy

‘Don’t Hide What’s Inside’

GM Freeze call for compulsory GM labelling and strict regulation on growing and importing GM crops.

08/03/2018   Brexit

Scholarships to study sustainable fish

The Marine Stewardship Council offers funding for students studying sustainable fisheries.

07/03/2018   Sustainable Fish Cities

How organic farming can make the UK a world leader in food

The Organic Research Centre is awarded government funding for two major research projects on organic farming.

07/03/2018   Food and Farming Policy

Half our consumption of meat by 2050 to save the planet

Greenpeace launch a campaign to drastically reduce our meat and dairy production and consumption to avoid dangerous climate change.

06/03/2018   Food and climate change

Food policy in an age of doubt

The Centre for Food Policy’s next Food Thinkers event discusses consumer trust in food system.

05/03/2018   Food and Farming Policy

Urban farming could provide 10% of our crops

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.

05/03/2018   Capital Growth

Resistance to banned antibiotics found in EU meat

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.

05/03/2018   Save Our Antibiotics

Supermarkets drive food waste on UK farms

A new report by Feedback reveals the shocking scale of food waste on farms.

05/03/2018   Food Waste

How to make money from uplands farming

The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association have received funding from the Prince’s Countryside Fund to try and make upland farming more profitable.

04/03/2018   Food and Farming Policy

EU decide definition of food waste and set aspirational targets

This Is Rubbish welcome the new EU Waste Framework Directive but call for individual countries to set binding targets on food waste.

04/03/2018   Food Waste

Submission for EFRA Committee Inquiry: Trade in sugar post-Brexit

Sustain submitted the following submission for the House of Commons EFRA Committee Inquiry on how the sugar industry will be affected by Brexit and the options for an optimal trade policy surrounding sugar following-Brexit. 

01/03/2018   Food and Farming Policy

Sustain submission to MP Inquiry on Labour Constraints

Sustain submitted the following submission for the House of Commons EFRA Committee Inquiry into Labour constraints.

28/02/2018   Food and Farming Policy

Sustain initial response to Defra consultation on post-Brexit farm policy: Strong ambition but misses tricks

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.

27/02/2018   Brexit

Rothamsted Research plan new GM crop trial in open fields

GM Freeze ask for help to challenge this trial of modified oilseed rape seeds.

27/02/2018   Food and Farming Policy

Loss of abattoirs could mean end of locally sourced meat

The UK’s network of small local abattoirs is near collapse. Without urgent action there will be a huge loss of consumer choice because the marketing of locally-produced, traceable meat will no longer be possible in many parts of the country.

26/02/2018   Food and Farming Policy

Animal welfare after Brexit

Wildlife and Countryside Link have published a detailed analysis of animal welfare standards post-Brexit. The report is supported by more than 40 organisations and a number of MPs and Peers.

23/02/2018   Food and Farming Policy


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Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.