Projects and campaigns

The main way that Sustain fulfils its aims is through running a multitude of different projects and campaigns to improve food and farming, with the help of our members and other supporters.

This page lists all of Sustain's active projects and campaigns; along with information about other networks that Sustain supports; and links to key archive information from completed Sustain work.

  • Better Food Britain

    We want everyone to be able to enjoy food that is good for our health, produced in a way that supports good livelihoods, reduced waste and greenhouse gas emissions, high animal welfare and restoration of nature. Find out how.

  • Better Hospital Food

    The campaign represents a coalition of organisations calling on the Westminster government to introduce mandatory nutritional, environmental and ethical standards for food served to patients in NHS hospitals in England.

  • Brexit

    We stand at a cross-roads. When the UK leaves the European Union, will our leaders uphold good standards for our food, farming, fishing and trade deals? And will they agree a sensible deal with the EU? We need to make sure that they do!

  • Capital Growth

    The Capital Growth campaign, run by Sustain's London Food Link offers practical and financial support to communities around London to help more people grow more food, and to have greater access to land and growing spaces for community benefit. The...

  • Children's Food Campaign

    Better food and food teaching for children in schools, and protection of children from junk food marketing are the aims of Sustain's high-profile Children's Food Campaign. We also want clear food labelling that can be understood by everyone,...

  • Food and Farming Policy

    Sustain encourages integration of sustainable food and farming into local, regional and national government policies.

  • Food co-ops

    Building a network of community food co-ops and food buying groups across the UK to help new groups get off the ground and existing groups to thrive.

  • Food co-ops toolkit

    The Food Co-ops Toolkit will give you all the information you need to set up your own food co-op.

  • Food Poverty

    Over 8 million people in the UK struggle to get enough to eat. Sustain is working with communities, third-sector organisations, local authorities and government, aiming to make sure everyone can eat well.

  • Food Power

    Food Power is an exciting new programme working with local communities across the UK to strengthen their ability to reduce food poverty.

  • Food Waste

    Sustain supports a reduction in food surplus, loss and waste.

  • Good Food For London

    How London boroughs can help secure a healthy and sustainable food future

  • Growing Health

    Growing Health is a national project run by Garden Organic and Sustain, which is funded by the Tudor Trust, to see how community food growing can be routinely used by the health and social care services as a way of promoting health and wellbeing for...

  • Jellied Eel

    With more than 50,000 readers, The Jellied Eel is the magazine for ethical eating in the capital. Published by Sustain's London Food Link to celebrate the best of London's local larder, each issue showcases the people and projects helping to...

  • London Food Link

    This is the umbrella for all of Sustain's initiatives in London. Our work includes helping to influence local government policy, hands-on food growing training, running sessions for public sector caterers, creating guidance for independent eateries...

  • Parents' Jury

    Giving a voice to parents concerned about the food environment their children grow up in.

  • Planning Food Cities

    Find out how to get involved shaping the future of your local area to create a more sustainable and local food system.

  • Real Bread Campaign

    The Real Bread Campaign finds and shares ways to make bread better for us, better for our communities and better for the planet. Whether your interest is local food, community-focussed small enterprises, honest labelling, therapeutic baking, or...

  • Roots to work

    Roots to Work is a platform for people to advertise and find jobs in the field of good food. We noticed there wasn’t a unique gathering place for good food opportunities to all sit together and felt it was time to make it happen in the UK.

  • Save Our Antibiotics

    The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics is a coalition of health, medical, environmental and animal welfare groups campaigning to stop the overuse of antibiotics in animal farming. It was founded by the Soil Association, Compassion in World Farming,...

  • Sugar Smart UK

    Want your local area to become Sugar Smart?

  • Sustainable Fish Cities

    A campaign to protect precious marine environments and fishing livelihoods, and call for fish to be bought from sustainable sources. We want to show what can be done if people and organisations make a concerted effort to change their buying habits.

  • Sustainable Food

    What you can do - and ask others to do - to help make our food and farming system fit for the future.

  • Sustainable Food Cities

    The Sustainable Food Cities Network helps people and places share challenges, explore practical solutions and develop best practice on key food issues, so if you are working to drive positive food change or are interested in developing a Sustainable...

  • The Big Dig

    The Big Dig Day is all about getting people involved in their local community garden. We hold national events across the UK that aim to raise the profile of community gardens and encourage more people to take part.

  • Urban Food Fortnight

    Urban Food Fortnight, the annual celebration of London's local larder, September 2018

  • Veg Cities

    Veg Cities is a feature campaign of the Sustainable Food Cities led by food and farming charity Sustain in partnership with the wider Peas Please initiative led by the Food Foundation, Nourish Scotland, Food Cardiff and WWF.

Archived projects and campaigns

  • Agri-Food Network

    The Agri-Food Network was launched jointly by Sustain and the Department of Health Management & Food Policy, City University in 2001 to link academics working on food and farm policy with each other...

  • Children's Health Fund

    Set up by Jamie Oliver and Sustain in August 2015, the aim is to get restaurants to volunteer to put a 10p levy on non-alcoholic soft drinks with added sugar. This money will be paid into the...

  • City Harvest

    The City Harvest website collects information on the wide range of benefits associated with urban agriculture, aiming to strengthen the movement in the UK and across the globe.

  • Eat Somerset

    From 2006 to 2009 Sustain co-ordinated a food chain project in south west England that worked to increase trading between producer groups in and around Somerset and independent food retailers in the...

  • Election

    The General Election, to be held on June 8th 2017, will set government priorities for the next five years, with huge implications for the future of the UK’s food, farming and fishing.

  • Ethical Eats

    Ethical Eats ran a network of London restaurants and catering businesses that care about sustainability.

  • Food & Mental Health

    The project promotes understanding of the links between good diet and mental wellbeing, addressing the many implications of the growing evidence linking what we eat to the way we feel and behave.

  • Food Access Network

    The Food Access Network (FAN-UK) was formerly the Food Poverty project, and is now superseded by the Local Action on Food Network. These archive pages give background information on the activities of...

  • Food and climate change

    Sustain has taken a keen interest in the rapidly accumulating evidence about the effect of food and farming on climate change, as scientific evidence emerges that our food system is a very...

  • Food Facts

    A series of short reports on over a dozen different products, shows how people's shopping choices - as well as government policy - can protect the environment, enhance social justice and improve...

  • Food Legacy

    The campaign, launched October 2011, is inspired by the London 2012 Food Vision adopted by the organisers of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Food Legacy asks caterers, restaurants,...

  • FoodSave

    Sustain is pleased to be working on the Mayor of London's FoodSave project to help small and medium-sized food businesses in London to reduce their food waste.

  • Good Catch

    Good Catch provides practical information for chefs, caterers and restaurateurs, making it easier for them to serve more sustainable seafood.

  • Good Food for Our Money Campaign

    The Good Food for Our Money campaign ran from 2008 to 2011. After several notable successes, this campaign has now evolved to focus on winning healthy and sustainable food standards for hospital...

  • Good Food on the Public Plate

    Good Food on the Public Plate (GFPP) provided a wide range of assistance to a diverse cross-section of London's public sector organisations including local authorities, hospitals, universities and...

  • Good Food Training

    This project designed and piloted bespoke and accredited healthy and sustainable food training for caterers and buyers working in public sector institutions in London.

  • Grab 5!

    In June 2000, Sustain secured a grant of £650,000 from the National Lotteries Charities Board to be spread over three years, for 'a project to promote fruit and vegetables consumption amongst 7-11...

  • Healthy Schools & Fair Trade

    Sustain was contracted by Young Co-operatives to assess the implications of the new school food standards for fair-trade food and drink products sold in schools. This work was supported by a grant...

  • Labelling for sustainability

    Sustain has worked on nutrition and sustainability labelling issues since the alliance was established in 1999.

  • Local Action on Food

    The Local Action on Food network was run as part of the Big Lottery funded Making Local Food Work programme, 2007 to 2012. It has now closed.

  • Making Local Food Work

    Making Local Food Work aimed to reconnect people and land through local food by increasing access to fresh, healthy, local food with clear, traceable origins.

  • Olympic Food

    Sustain ran a five-year programme of work to win healthy and sustainable food standards for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

  • Orchards Project

    During 2006 and 2007, Sustain worked on a national orchard project with Leader+ (European Union funded programme of rural development) to conserve and bring into sustainable management traditional...

  • Organic Sector Development

    We are helping to bring the organic message to the UK consumer with the Organic. Naturally Different campaign.

  • Sauce Toolkit

    The online social enterprise toolkit for community food projects.

  • Sugary Drinks Duty

    Support the campaign for a sugary drinks duty, to pay for programmes to improve childrens health and protect the environment they grow up in.

  • Supermarkets, health and sustainability

    Sustain has worked in particular with the Greening Supermarkets, Healthier Supermarkets and Race to the Top initiatives to stimulate changes in supermarket policies and practices.

  • Well London Buy Well

    Buywell worked in 10 deprived areas of London to make it easier to buy healthy, affordable and sustainably produced food locally.



Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming

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.