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Organic farming more profitable as well as more sustainable

A report in Nature finds that organic farming systems match or outperform conventional ones

05/02/2016   Sustain

Real Bread Campaign disappointed at ASA sourdough shambles

On 3 February 2016, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that a series of advertisements for ‘sourdough’ toasties were not misleading, despite the product being made with added yeast.

03/02/2016   Real Bread Campaign

Ultra-budget EasyFoodStore opens in Brent

EasyFoodStore has opened its doors in Brent. The retailer promises to offer customers an option between food banks and discount retailers. Prices for most items are just 25p during the first month.

02/02/2016   Food Poverty

A call for national monitoring of food poverty in the UK

A gathering of campaigners and academics at City University in January agreed on the need for a standard, quantitative measure of food insecurity in the UK.

02/02/2016   Food Poverty

Healthy eating for children in care

Three national organizations have come together to address the difficulties cared-for children face in adopting healthy eating practices.

01/02/2016   Sustain

Supermarket adjudicator must protect farmers

Sustain, the Fairtrade Foundation, Traidcraft, Feedback and the National Farmers Union have joined forces to call for the Groceries Code Adjudicator remit to extend to farmers, to protect them from unfair trading practices by supermarkets.

31/01/2016   Food and Farming Policy

Steps towards more sustainable dairy farming

A new report presents practical measures to help the intensive dairy sector adopt less environmentally damaging practices

29/01/2016   Sustain

Rare cider apple varieties preserved

Hundreds of rare and ancient varieties of cider apple have been donated to the National Trust by a collector

29/01/2016   Sustain

New brew from waste bread

Anti-foodwaste group Feedback and craft beer maker Hackney Brewery have teamed up to produce Toast Ale, made from bread that would otherwise be thrown away

29/01/2016   Sustain

Tesco censured by supermarkets watchdog

Retailer delayed payments to suppliers in breach of the Code of Practice, but can't be fined

29/01/2016   Sustain

'Climate-smart' farming to harness ICT

The European Commission looks to information technology to help reduce agriculture's GHG emissions

29/01/2016   Sustain

GMO toxicity study 'disappears'

Paper claiming that GM Bt176 maize was 'most probably' toxic to animals 'disappeared' from online journal after only one day

29/01/2016   Sustain

WHO doctored?

NGOs express concern over growing corporate influence at the UN health body

29/01/2016   Sustain

Mayoral candidates challenged to extend free school meals

A coalition of organisations has launched Family Friendly London, challenging Mayoral candidates to commit to tackling child poverty.

28/01/2016   Food Poverty

Help the organic movement prosper and grow

Join the Organic Trade Board for their annual "Prosper and Grow with Organic" 2016 Briefing on the 2 March.

28/01/2016   Organic Sector Development

Ten reasons to buy and eat local food

The Council for Protection of Rural England (CPRE) have produced the top ten reasons why people should buy (and eat!) local food, based on surveys with 1300 people across 12 towns.

28/01/2016   Sustain

Lidl becomes UK’s third biggest retailer of MSC certified fish

Discount supermarket Lidl has more than doubled its range of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fish over the last year to become the third largest in the UK, behind Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, who have both also increased their product range.

28/01/2016   Sustainable Fish Cities

Berkeley city council allocates soda tax funds

Last week Berkeley City Council unanimously accepted most of the Sugar Sweetened Beverage Panel of Experts recommendations (Items 33 and 34) to invest into school and community-based efforts to reduce sugary drink consumption and address the health disparities associated with the overconsumption of sugary drinks. 

26/01/2016   Children's Health Fund

Real Bread Campaign loaf labelling lobby

On 20 January 2016, a Real Bread Campaign delegation met representatives of Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) to make progress on the Campaign’s demand for legislation to ensure greater clarity and transparency in loaf labelling and marketing.

25/01/2016   Real Bread Campaign

Sustainable chippies win top prizes

Almost half the winners in the 2016 National Fish and Chip Awards have been won by outlets serving MSC-certified fish

25/01/2016   Sustain


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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.