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UN report blames deforestation on government subsidies

The report estimates 80% of global deforestation is due to agriculture with government subsidies for farming often the underlying driver.


05/09/2015   Sustain

Jamie Oliver, Sustain and Leon join forces to take action on sugary sweetened drinks and fund childrens food initiatives.

Sustain and Jamie Oliver today launch a petition calling on Government to tax sugary drinks. The Children’s Health Fund is also launched by Jamie and Sustain, with funds coming from a self imposed sugary drinks levy by Jamie’s UK restaurants. Leon are the first group to join Jamie’s UK restaurants in adopting the levy contributing to the Children's Health Fund.

03/09/2015   Sugary Drinks Duty

Jamie’s intervention raises bar for Government’s forthcoming Childhood Obesity strategy

Coinciding with the airing of Jamie Oliver's Sugar Rush documentary tonight (9pm, Channel 4), a new petition has been launched calling on the Government to tax sugary drinks. Jamie’s documentary and accompanying sugar manifesto also supports our call for the ban of all junk food marketing on TV before 9pm and the introduction of more robust digital marketing regulations.

03/09/2015   Children's Food Campaign

Ditch the junk from hospital canteens and vending machines

The Campaign for Better Hospital Food today welcomed the announcement by NHS chief executive Simon Stevens that hospitals should ditch junk food from vending machines, staff canteens and retail outlets.

02/09/2015   Better Hospital Food

Sustain submission to Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into sustainable development

The committee, which scrutinises Government performance on environmental issues has asked for evidence to inform the scope of it's inquiry which includes protecting the environment, supporting the low carbon economy and improving wellbeing. Read Sustain's submission.

02/09/2015   Food and Farming Policy

Jamie Oliver takes on sugar

Sustain welcomes Jamie Oliver’s new campaign to encourage us to reduce our consumption of sugar. His new programme Sugar Rush puts forward a powerful argument that inaction and voluntary approaches are unacceptable, and that more radical approaches are needed. 

28/08/2015   Sugary Drinks Duty

Sutton Council takes Sustainable Fish Cities pledge

The London Borough of Sutton has become the latest local authority to commit to 100% demonstrably sustainable fish for primary school meals.

28/08/2015   Sustain

'Living With The Land' permaculture films

Find out more about permaculture with this series of short films from the Permaculture Association.

27/08/2015   Sustain

Food Standards Agency Northern Ireland conference

The FSA in Northern Ireland are holding a conference to bring together local food industry, environmental health and public health experts.

27/08/2015   Sustain

Government calls for CAP simplification

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan is expected to announce proposals for simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the autumn of 2015.

27/08/2015   Sustain

New play 'Mouthful' to premier in September

Get yourself along to the Trafalgar Studios in London for the world premiere of Mouthful, a series of plays tackling the global food crisis.

27/08/2015   Sustain

Scottish 'Prawn Wars' explained by New Economics Foundation

With disputes between Scottish scampi fishermen in the news again, Sustain member the New Economics Foundation explains the policy options for the Scottish government.

27/08/2015   Sustain

Great British Menu celebrates WI centenary

BBC Two's Great British Menu is celebrating the WI's centenary with featured chefs battling it out for the chance to cook at a banquet celebrating one hundred years of the Women's Institue.

27/08/2015   Sustain

Urban Food Awards finalists announced

Londoners have had their say, the nominations have been counted and here is the shortlist!

26/08/2015   London Food Link

Friends of the Earth mounts legal challenge over pesticides

Sustain member Friends of the Earth has filed a High Court legal challenge to the government's decision to allow farmers to use pesticides restricted by the EU because of bees.

26/08/2015   Sustain

Germany follows Scotland's lead on GM crops

The German Agriculture Minister has told officials he will seek to use the EU's opt-out to prevent GM cultivation, according to documents seen by news agency Reuters.

26/08/2015   Sustain

Soil Association launches glyphosate campaign

The organisation's "Not In Our Bread" petition asks UK bread manufacturers and retailers not to use the weedkiller in their products.

26/08/2015   Sustain

Sustain Ontario Bring Food Home conference

Over 400 food system leaders are getting together for the 4th Bring Food Home conference in Sudbury Ontario in November.

26/08/2015   Sustain

New research from Diabetes UK shows 60% rise in cases

Diabetes UK say that more than 3 million people in the UK are being treated for diabetes - an increase of nearly 60% in the last decade. 

24/08/2015   Sustain

Young Food Writer of the Year

Sixteen year old Thomas Moore has won this year's Guild of Food Writers young food writer of the year competition. 

24/08/2015   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.