Sustain member, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) are celebrating the ‘viability loophole’ closing after a major campaign.
Does a stranger having heart disease matter as much to me as one having tuberculosis? This was the challenge given at a recent mini-Inquiry at City University looking at whether some public health goals can be supported via new farm policy.
Sustain joined thirty-four organisations, reflecting a wide range of food, farming, consumer and nature conservation interests in writing a joint letter to Defra’s Secretary of State, Michael Gove, asking him to take urgent action to save the UK’s network of smaller abattoirs, which are closing at an alarming rate.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund finding show that for the countryside to be viable, it needs better job prospects and more digital connectivity.
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.
A popular “Payment by Results” (PBR) pilot farm support scheme has been granted two years of further funding as part of a programme of ‘tests and trials’ for future farm policy.
Sustain member Feedback argues that the UK should lift the ban on feeding surplus food to pigs.
Sustain member GM Freeze welcomes the judgement which states that organisms obtained by mutagenesis are Genetically Modified Organisms and are subject to full GMO regulation.
In a new briefing out today (25 July 2018) the Sustain alliance makes the case for bringing in a new body in England to negotiate wages and better conditions for agriculture workers.
In a new briefing the Sustain alliance makes the case for bringing in a new body in England to negotiate wages and better conditions for agriculture workers.
Food scandals are rife and consumers aren’t being protected enough says the European consumer organization foodwatch.
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.
Academics, public health advocates and food and farming specialists have joined forces to call on the Prime Minister and her Cabinet, formally to recognise public health as a public good in UK agriculture policy.
Sustain member the Gaia Foundation launches new website with all the information you need about ecologically sustainable seed systems.
A farm capable of producing over 1.5 million broiler chickens a year has been granted permission by London’s High Court despite objections.
Mars, Nestlé, Unilever and Danone aim to improve consumer health and the environment through founding the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance.
Research by Eating Better (who are a member of Sustain) shows that supermarket ready meals aren’t catering for the growing numbers of flexitarian and meat conscious customers.
Policy work these days can be stifling; keeping you stuck to a desk, locked in meetings and shuffling around Westminster. It is only a matter of time before we hear news of Brexit fatigue or even burn out. The sheer volume of news and Bills and lobbying requirements makes it hard to go out and see what is happening in the field and talk to ‘real people’.
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.
Oxfam goes ‘Behind the Barcodes’ to expose the working conditions of the people producing the food on our supermarket shelves.
In light of Asda-Sainsbury’s merger MPs want new power granted to the Groceries Code Adjudicator to prevent main supermarkets dominating groceries market.
Sustain member the Vegetarian Society reassures shoppers after The Telegraph reported traces of animal DNA in a vegan product.
Research from the United States Department of Agriculture shows that public funding for agricultural research and development in high-income countries has fallen 6% between 2009-2013, the first sustained drop in over 50 years.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (who are a member of Sustain) see the plans as a ‘huge environmental risk to our landscapes.’
The Sustainable Food Trust launches a new website to campaign for local abattoirs to stay open.
Sustain has supported the publication of this new report on agroforestry along with many members to show how agroforestry can provide many useful outcomes for farmers and the environment.
Sustain has the following initial comments in response to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) preliminary invitation to comment on the anticipated merger between J Sainsbury PLC and Asda Group Ltd. Sustain is the UK alliance for better food and farming and a registered charity, number 1018643. We represent around 100 not-for-profit national organisations and many more at local level, working together to achieve a healthy, fair, humane and sustainable system for food, farming and fishing. This submission reflects discussions of the alliance and others on this topic but given the timeframe we have not sought official member endorsement of every detail.
On publication today (6 June) of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee Report on The future for food, farming and the environment, Sustain’s Farming Campaign Coordinator, Vicki Hird, says
Sustain member Beyond GM believes that labelling isn’t enough - we need to start producing food that people can trust.
British microbiologists have found that chlorine-washing food does not kill listeria and salmonella food poisoning bugs. The technique has been the cause of controversy relating to US and UK food standards, especially chlorine-washed chicken.
This half-day seminar, 11 July 2018, will examine the question: ‘Public health as a ‘public good’ from agriculture: How can we win support for this principle from UK policy makers?’
Stormont is considering a direct payment for Northern Ireland farmers, but at a level "significantly below" current EU subsidies.
The House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee has said the Government should prioritise a free trade agreement with the EU to protect the UK food manufacturing industry and hundreds of thousands of British jobs.
Food Brexit is a major food industry conference that will take place in London on 1 November 2018, with Sustain’s chief executive Kath Dalmeny speaking in a session focusing on the opportunities, risks and challenges of implementing a US-UK trade deal.
There’s a showcase event for a unique organisation which brings academics and those working in food together to analyse our food system.
The EU council has adopted new regulations for growing organic crops and labelling organic food.
GM Freeze believe that the government have handed out a ‘free pass’ to plant experimental genetically engineered crops in open fields.
Secretary of State Michael Gove MP has said that the UK would accept US food standards “over my dead body”, in an interview with good food advocate Rosie Boycott at the Hay Festival, 2018.
The Sainsbury’s-Asda merger is a perfect illustration of the accelerating race to the bottom in the grocery retail sector. It was a bombshell, and unless the rules – on competition, planning, environment and worker and consumer protection – are greatly enhanced and effectively applied, a significant part of society is likely to be badly hurt by this ‘mega merger’.
Media reports suggest that the EU has “leapt ahead of the UK in the pursuit of free trade deals with Australia and New Zealand” after member states gave the green light for talks to start within weeks.
Country Land and Business Associates (CLA) has proposed a new Land Management Contract for the payment for delivery of public benefits.
A bumper 2018 strawberry harvest faces the prospect of being left unpicked as UK soft fruit farmers warn of a looming labour shortage. British meat processors also highlighted struggles to fill vacancies in food manufacturing.
The UK Farming Roundtable has called on government to prioritise taking “every step to retain and protect a single market access for food, agricultural commodities, live animals and plant products throughout the UK”.
Sustain member the Fairtrade Foundation announces Lord Mark Price, the former trade minister and managing director of Waitrose, as their new chair of trustees.
Ben Bradley MP has introduced a new Bill to parliament to create a network of wildflower corridors to help bees and other pollinators.
The number of modern slavery cases rose by 35% from 2016-2017 according to the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority - with agriculture and food industry amongst the worst sectors.
More than 44,000 responses were received on the Government’s ‘Health and Harmony’ proposals for the future for food, farming and the environment after Brexit, with at least one third estimated to have been generated by Sustain members.
The Faculty of Public Health, representing around 4,000 health professionals, has called on the government to recognise public health as a public good in farm policy.
An independent Farm Inspection and Regulation Review (England) is underway, commissioned by Defra.
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