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Pollution in English rivers prompts call for overall reduction of chemicals on farmland

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.

20/12/2017   Food and Farming Policy

Sustain CEO warns MPs: don’t let international trade undermine our food standards

Kath Dalmeny, Sustain CEO gave oral evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee on 6th December. On behalf of Sustain alliance members (and whilst handing out Manifestos for a Better Food Britain printed on spoof beermats), she expressed deep concern that the beguiling promise of ‘cheap food’ from new international trade deals could result in serious risks and costs to health, animal welfare and British farming livelihoods.

19/12/2017   Brexit

Universal credit: One million children in poverty to miss out on free school meals

New findings from The Children’s Society have revealed that one million children living in poverty in England will miss out on free school meals under universal credit proposals. A coalition of organisations is urging the public to respond to the Government’s consultation. 

19/12/2017   Food Poverty

Tell us your Children’s Food Heroes and Zeroes of 2017

It’s that time of year again where we look to celebrate the people and organisations that have made a significant contribution towards the Children’s Food Campaign’s goals over the past twelve months; and name the ‘zeroes’ who have thrown roadblocks in the way. Tell us who you would like to see win these awards.

19/12/2017   Children's Food Campaign

Red-rated fish on the menu in canteens and restaurants across the UK

A new investigation by Sustainable Fish Cities reveals red-rated fish on the menu in exclusive concert venues, city firms and restaurants.

18/12/2017   Sustainable Fish Cities

Book now for Bread and Revolution

Join Produkt and GAIL’s on 1 February 2018 for an evening chewing over the role bread plays in family, culture, and London life. Speakers include baker Dan Lepard, and there’s a 15% discount available for Real Bread Campaign supporters.

18/12/2017   Real Bread Campaign

Win a FREE ad in The Jellied Eel magazine worth up to £300

As a thank-you, London Food link is offering its supporters the opportunity to win a free advertisement in the spring 2018 issue of The ‘Eel, the capital’s good food magazine.

18/12/2017   London Food Link

Risk of “dirty” turkey after Brexit if UK strikes a US trade deal

Consumers' Christmas turkey could have been washed in four disinfectants if the UK agrees a post-Brexit trade deal with the USA, according to a new briefing paper by leading food policy experts.

18/12/2017   Brexit

‘Highly probable’ that meat will be taxed internationally

Experts in farm investment predict that it is ‘highly probable’ that meat will go the same way as tobacco, carbon and sugar. The Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return (FAIRR) Initiative believe that it won’t be long until governments across the world will decide to put a levy on meat.

16/12/2017   Ethical Eats

Save the date: National Salt Awareness Week 12th-18th March 2018

Next year’s Consensus Action on Salt & Health (CASH) Salt Week will highlight the damage of eating too much salt in early childhood.

16/12/2017   Children's Food Campaign

New chair at Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF)

The new chair is Philip Wyn, manager of the Nevile Estate in Lincolnshire - one of LEAF’s first Demonstration Farms. He will take over from Stephen Fell who has held the post for the past eight years.

16/12/2017   Agri-Food Network

Mayor of London seeks Chair for London Food Board - apply now!

The Mayor of London is inviting applications for the role of the London Food Board Chair, looking for a senior leader who is passionate about improving London’s food system. The London Food Board Chair and Board advise the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority on food matters across the capital. 

15/12/2017   London Food Link

SUGAR SMART Hackney launch celebrates trailblazer healthy schools

The latest London borough to join SUGAR SMART launched its sugar reduction campaign at Urswick Secondary School, which has transformed its food culture for the sake of students' health.

14/12/2017   Sugar Smart UK

Tesco wins ‘Total Bull’ award - and faces legal threat - for their 'fake farms'

Feedback are calling out supermarkets who sell meat under fake farm brand names. They have given Tesco a ‘Total Bull’ award for their fictitious ‘Woodside Farms’ brand - and the farmer on a real Woodside Farm is threatening Tesco with legal action.

14/12/2017   Labelling for sustainability

Cities are driving a food revolution in the US

Cities are stepping up where the federal government has fallen short. The New Food Economy has published an uplifting article on the local food policy councils which are driving a food revolution in the US.

14/12/2017   Sustainable Food Cities

ASA ruling shows Iceland ‘finest ingredients’ loaf claim is meaningless

Responding to a complaint by the Real Bread Campaign, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has given the opinion that the frozen food chain’s ‘crafted using only the finest ingredients’ advertising claim for additive-laden loaves is not misleading ‘because “finest” had no defined meaning’.

13/12/2017   Real Bread Campaign

New chairperson wanted for Pasture for Life

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.

13/12/2017   Food and Farming Policy

The link between farm antibiotic use and the risk to public health

Are antibiotics a threat to public health and how is British farming responding? The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics and the Royal Society of Medicine are holding an event to discuss antimicrobial resistance.

13/12/2017   Save Our Antibiotics

EAC questions 'one in, three out rule' for post-Brexit environmental regulation

Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee challenges Government Ministers on whether the 'one in, three out' principle will apply to UK environmental regulation post-Brexit, receiving a non-committal response.

13/12/2017   Brexit

SUGAR SMART Tooth Fairies confront Coke with a call for change

Healthy food advocates dressed in tooth fairy outfits and SUGAR SMART t-shirts descended on the O2 Arena Saturday 9th December to deliver free toothbrushes to families and an Open Letter to Coca-Cola's marketing lead, asking the company to clean up its irresponsible Christmas promotional campaign.

12/12/2017   Sugar Smart UK


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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.