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Your food, their profits

Although the food sector is famous (or infamous) for its poor pay levels, there are neverthless a few people who make a lot of money by providing the food we eat. This year's Rich List shows that three UK manufacturing families  -- the Samworths, Warburtons and Boparans -- are worth more than half a billion (yes, billion) pounds each.

14/05/2017   Sustain

Organic contradiction?

A trade deal on organic products between the EU and Chile has provoked a discussion about the carbon footprint of organic products transported over long distances.

14/05/2017   Sustain

A snapshot of what’s happening on climate, farming, and food

As the Bonn climate talks have begun (with the threat of Trump pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement) this is a quick glance at some of the latest science and news on climate and agriculture. Much is drawn from the excellent Food Climate Research Network ( - an invaluable resource. 

10/05/2017   Food and Farming Policy

London Food Link strengthening our local food web

On Tuesday 9 May, around 45 people at the heart of the capital’s good food movement gathered at St. JOHN Maltby for the launch of LFL’s crowdfunding campaign.

10/05/2017   London Food Link

Labour commit to a 9pm watershed on junk food advertising

Sustain respond to Labour's announcement that they would ban junk food advertising on all TV shows broadcast before 9pm as part of plans to tackle childhood obesity.

08/05/2017   Children's Food Campaign

General Election 2017: Our policy for better hospital food

The General Election on 8 June 2017 is our opportunity to get legal standards for hospital food on the political agenda and in the manifesto of the next UK government.

08/05/2017   Better Hospital Food

Coeliac awareness in #RealBreadWeek

This year, Real Bread Week coincides with Coeliac Awareness Week. So what is coeliac disease and what does diagnosis mean for the Real Bread lover?

08/05/2017   Real Bread Campaign

Roll up, roll up: It’s Real Bread Week

The Real Bread Campaign's ninth annual celebration of the additive-free loaf and its makers is time to bake, buy and binge on the good stuff!

06/05/2017   Real Bread Campaign

Make the most of summer gardening

Garden Organic's summer programme offers courses on topics from composting to wormeries, sessions giving carers 'thyme' to garden, a Seed Festival -- and don't forget 7-13 May is International Compost Awareness Week.

05/05/2017   Sustain

The Soil Association is looking for a Business Development Officer

The part-time, London-based role will be with the catering standards scheme, Food for Life Served Here. 

05/05/2017   Sustain

Manifesto for a post-Brexit food industry

The Food and Drink Federation's five-point proposal calls, among other things, for a Government promise that there will be no more nutrient taxes.

05/05/2017   Sustain

Over 600 Londoners take part in the Big Dig

On 22 April, 48 school and community gardens across London welcomed volunteers for a great day outdoors. From pocket gardens in Islington, to a community farm in Sutton, the day was a huge success for bringing neighbours together and improving the local environment.

05/05/2017   Capital Growth

Food Thinkers seminar on sustainable diets

How can we learn to think of diets in a holistic way, rather than seeing healthy eating, climate change, loss of biodiversity or the need for decent livelihoods as separate issues?

05/05/2017   Sustain

How can your food choices change the planet?

Find out at a Women's Environmental Network forum on Sustainable Sustenance, taking place in London on Thursday 22 June.

05/05/2017   Sustain

The Organic Trade Board is expanding!

With a growing membership, plans for an even bigger and better Wake up to Organic event, and a tour of regional briefings in the pipeline, OTB has been busy boosting organics.

05/05/2017   Sustain

Efra committee urges targets to reduce food waste

In one of its last acts before dissolution, the Efra committee published the report of its inquiry into food waste in England, calling for mandatory targets for waste and disposal.

05/05/2017   Sustain

Brexit watch - parliamentary resources

Two useful sources of information for food workers and campaigners trying to keep a tab on how withdrawal from the EU will affect food and food policy.

05/05/2017   Sustain

Food insecurity drives migration and conflict

A new report from the United Nations World Food Programme establishes that food insecurity leads to higher levels of migration across borders, and also to armed conflict -- which further increases migration.

05/05/2017   Sustain

Sustain appointed onto new London Food Board

Kath Dalmeny, CEO of Sustain, and Sarah Williams, Sustain’s Programme Director responsible for London Food Link, have been recruited to the London Food Board as a job share appointment to feed into the development and implementation of a new London Food strategy.

05/05/2017   London Food Link

New House of Lords Report on food, farming and Brexit

Sustain comments on the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee report published today. The report looks at the implications of Brexit for UK agriculture and food, particularly the implications of leaving the EU's Common Agriculture Policy and the Single Market.

03/05/2017   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.