Two events discussing the UK’s industrial agriculture and climate change are being held by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (who are a member of Sustain) see the plans as a ‘huge environmental risk to our landscapes.’
Sustain, along with the Tenant Farmers Association, Traidcraft and the Moore Stephens Food Advisory group, published a letter in the FT on 18 April 2018. This touched on the proposed European Directive to curb Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs) in the EU food supply chain and why we need such measures in the UK so all farmers and suppliers are better protected against UTPs.
Farming and environmental groups have written to Scottish Cabinet Secretaries for Climate Change and the Rural Economy, calling on the Scottish Government to use the new Climate Bill to drive a just transition to a carbon-neutral, resilient farming sector by 2050 at the latest.
Michael Gove has said, “Wholesome food production is an invaluable investment in the health of our nation, from which we all reap the benefits…” So why does public health get so little mention in Defra's major farming policy consultation? asks Sustain's Vicki Hird.
The British Dietetic Association welcomes news that the Government has decided to continue to make gluten free bread and flour mixes available on prescription.
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.
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.
The damning inquiry into the 2 Sisters plant in West Bromwich shows systematic failings with the way our food is inspected. It says that “unannounced visits” are not a surprise and therefore don’t give a true picture of the violations occurring.
In the Conservative Home website Julian Sturdy MP writes on fairness in the supply chain.
The waste-reduction agency WRAP has conducted its first investigation into food waste on farms, looking at two commercially important crops -- lettuce and strawberries. It found significant waste, and big differences between farms.
An article co-authored by Defra's Chief Scientific Officer argues that better regulation is needed to control how pesticides are used and affect the environment at a landscape scale.
You may have seen dairy farmers frantically promoting their product over summer with the #proudofdairy hashtag. Since the first picture of a dairy maid on her stool was used to reflect the purity of the pastoral idyll, the industry has worked hard to get you to enjoy #thewhitestuff.
What should Labour fight for in the post Brexit farm policy era? We will be exploring this at an event on 24th September alongside SERA, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) and The Land Workers' Alliance.
Defra has announced two important consultations on animal welfare -- one proposing to install CCTV cameras in abattoirs in England, the other updating statutory Codes of Practice on animal welfare, starting with chickens bred for meat.
The Government review of the work of the Groceries Code Adjudicator was published today and suggests that the Adjudicator is working well and has any on-going problems in hand. The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, Margot James MP, must now take the next step and extend its remit to support farmers.
Sustain presents principles and policies that would deliver better food and farming when we leave the European Common Agriculture Policy.
Food businesses that supply goods directly to the UK's 10 largest supermarkets have until 17 April to submit comments to the Groceries Code Adjudicator.
On Tuesday 9th March, Julian Sturdy MP led a group of cross-party MPs and representatives of civil society to meet with the government ministers who are looking at the role and remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA).
Read Sustain's response to the review of the Grocery Code Adjudicator, the body that oversees fair practice in the grocery supply chain.
The UK’s agricultural workforce has always been on the frontline of change. As an industrialising country the UK went through the world’s first technology-driven economic transition, and in the present day a further wave of innovation in agri-tech looks poised to decimate the workforce once again. This trend will continue to be reinforced by the government’s policy of promoting agri-technology and encouraging trade patterns that tend to import high-labour products and export low-labour products.
Lawyers and parliament have issued a "wake-up call" regarding major implications of the UK’s departure from the EU for the policies, standards and legislation that govern our food system.
The government recently decided to allow UK farmers to use bee-harming pesticides in their fields. Neonicotinoids, which have been banned in the EU since 2013 and have been linked to serious harm in the bee population, can now be used for rapeseed fields in certain areas of the country this autumn.
Find out where the different political parties stand on food and farming issues. Sustain has compiled their positions on food and farming as stated in the 2015 general election main manifestos.
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 response to the NFU's concern that the UK is 'losing ability to feed itself' (Telegraph, 22 February 2015), Soil Association policy director Peter Melchett commented: "The Soil Association shares the National Farmers Union’s (NFU) concern about the loss of agricultural land for food production, but this is not being driven by a huge increase in farmland being used for weddings! The main cause of the decline... is farmland being diverted to growing oilseed rape for industrial uses and fuel, and recently the huge increase in farmland being used to grow maize for energy production in AD units – both trends that the NFU sadly supports..."
In response to the recent government announcement on Country of Origin labelling, Sustain believes it is backtracking on promises to help consumers know where their meat comes from.
A supplement in the New Statesman in partnership with the Crop Protection Association focuses on the food production and agri-tech policies that the industry would like to see from the Labour Party.
Lord Krebs told the Oxford Farming Conference that organic farming did not necessarily mean more environmentally friendly farming. Helen Browning, chief executive of Sustain member the Soil Association has said she is bemused at Lord Krebs hostility towards organic methods.
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