Tell Defra what you want from future farm policy
A group of farming, conservation and environmental groups (1) are releasing today (21 March 2018) a statement calling for the protection and enhancement of farm diversity as a core purpose of the new agriculture bill (2). The measures they are calling for will help deliver the food we need whilst creating a resilient and dynamic farming industry, which works for the wider community as well as for the environment.
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.
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.
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 Organic Research Centre is awarded government funding for two major research projects on organic farming.
The Centre for Food Policy’s next Food Thinkers event discusses consumer trust in food system.
The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association have received funding from the Prince’s Countryside Fund to try and make upland farming more profitable.
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.
Sustain submitted the following submission for the House of Commons EFRA Committee Inquiry into Labour constraints.
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.
GM Freeze ask for help to challenge this trial of modified oilseed rape seeds.
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.
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.
Battery cage eggs will no longer be allowed to be sold in French supermarkets after 2022. Compassion in World Farming think the ban doesn’t go far enough.
More than 260 workers have lost their jobs at the meat supplier Russell Hume, which has folded into administration just weeks after an alleged breach of food labelling standards.
GM Freeze welcomes a paper by IFOAM outlining which new breeding techniques are not compatible with organic farming.
The Government has today failed to protect British and overseas farmers from unfair trading practices by refusing to extend the remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator to include primary producers.
The Russell Hume meat company may have changed 'use by' dates on meat, and also country of origin labelling - allegedly serving up African and Australian meat as 'British', according to an ITN News report. Sustain's chief executive Kath Dalmeny comments.
In a sign that cultured meat will tip over into the mainstream, the US beef industry want to prevent “fake meat” being labelled as “beef.”
In a coalition deal agreed on 7 February the German government sets out its food and farming plans.
Sustain's chief executive Kath Dalmeny welcomes Labour's proposals for a raft of new animal welfare measures, published in today's Guardian newspaper.
Currently the National Food Crime Unit (NCFU) only gathers intelligence on food fraud. It said it needed ministerial support and £4m - £5m more in funding before it would be able to start proactively investigating food fraud.
Event at the University of Gloucestershire will discuss what the region needs for 21st century food and farming.
If we are going to make the most of Brexit for food, farming and our countryside, we would do well to reflect on what opportunities are presented by this moment in history. So says Kath Dalmeny of Sustain, newly appointed as a commissioner to the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission launched in November by the RSA.
Currently, farming is judged using a narrow and outdated definition of 'economic productivity' that does little to recognise the vital role of farming, and the costs to farmers, in conserving natural resources and our farmed landscape. Productivity and farm efficiency need to be redefined for the modern age, argues Sustain's sustainable farming campaigner Vicki Hird.
An international report from the UK Health Forum into the collaboration of the food and drink industry with public health finds that conflict of interest repeatedly stop governments introducing measures to improve health.
The Sustainable Soils Alliance outline the interventions needed to restore soil health within one generation in a new report.
The Landworkers’ Alliance will now be able to start their ‘More Farmers, Better Food’ campaign.
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.
Investigation reveals that more than a million chickens die before reaching the slaughterhouse, with hundreds of thousands more found to have bruising, fractures or respiratory disease, or being in an emaciated condition. Sustain calls for action to improve British meat standards.
The parliamentary Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee have published letters written to Michael Gove MP, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary of State (DEFRA) and Greg Clark MP, Secretary for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), strongly endorsing our position and demanding progress on the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA).
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.
This week BBC One’s The Big Questions debated whether or not meat should be taxed.
Defra Secretary of State Michael Gove delivered a speech at the 2018 Oxford Farming Conference today - Farming for the next generation. Read on for Sustain's response
The supermarkets are yet to respond to the letter from the UK E Coli Support Group. Campaigners fear that meat safety is already being threatened.
The number of full-time farm workers in England fell by almost 4% in 2016 - 2017. The figures from the annual agricultural census show that casual employment during that time rose by 10%.
The Landworkers’ Alliance are aiming to raise £25,000 in the next four weeks through public donations. This money will be used to influence the Government's British Agricultural Policy which will be outlined in early in 2018.
New tests have revealed the extent to which English rivers are contaminated with powerful insecticides. Pesticide Action Network (PAN UK) are calling on the Government to commit to an overall reduction in pesticide use.
The farming charity are looking for a new chairperson to replace John Meadley who is stepping down. The PFLA is the ‘go to’ organisation for farmers interested in feeding their animals entirely out in pasture.
Farmers are assessing the value of nature to decide what to prioritise in their environment.
The rich debate about how we deliver new farming and land management support after we leave the CAP is getting interesting. As we anticipate the White Paper on a new UK Agriculture Bill in 2018 choices are presenting themselves. How will new schemes work out on the farm? How will decisions actually get made? The following are ideas for the discussion ahead.
Sustainable farmers across the UK are now uniting together with the help of the RSPB.
The UK will back a total ban on insect-harming pesticides in fields across Europe, the environment secretary, Michael Gove, has revealed.
The Sustainable Food Trust have calculated that for every £1 we spend on food it costs us an extra £1 in hidden charges.
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.
A Big Gene Gathering is taking place in December to celebrate 20 years of successful work by anti-GM activists.
Join us for an evening of debate, celebration, and the opportunity to meet some of the UK’s leading sustainable food, farming and fishing organisations and initiatives, on Thursday 23rd November.
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