We advocate 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.
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Labour manifesto: "we will set maximum permitted levels of sugar, salt and fat in foods marketed substantially to children"
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UKIP manifesto: "duty on all primary schools 2 offer before & after-school care term time. Sessions will inc breakfast & healthy snacks"
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Green manifesto: "extend VAT at standard rate 2 less healthy foods, inc sugar. Spend money raised on subsidising cost of fresh fruit & veg"
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Conservative manifesto: "we will take action to reduce childhood obesity and continue to promote clear food information."
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Speaking after the launch of his Parties' manifesto, which has little detail on food and farming, the shadow Farm minister said “The headline is our ambition to create a world leading food, farming and fisheries sector and to create wealth for everybody ”... “We would put in place a proper food plan, bringing back the ‘radical approach we took with Food 2030". Sustain will be posting a summary of all the parties main election manifestos shortly.
The European Commission and representatives of member states are currently re-writing European food law. This happens once every 10 years; current law was agreed in 2004 - EU Regulation 882 - and came it into effect in 2006. This time, however, they plan fundamental change by deregulating food as far as possible, especially in how meat is inspected and produced. This means removing independent controls over what slaughterhouses are allowed to do and what finds its way onto our plates. Help support Unison to take action. Contact email@example.com or tweet @foodwholesome.
Oxfordshire based celebrity chef Raymond Blanc OBE has joined top doctors, patients, Oxfordshire businesses, hospital cooks, public health advisors, local councillors and health and environmental groups in opposing the closure of kitchens at community hospitals in Wantage, Didcot, Wallingford, Chipping Norton and Witney.
The growing campaign alliance, including Sustain, sent an open letter to Sir Stuart Bell CBE, Chief Executive of Oxford Health NHS Trust, to demand that he halts the closures and carries out a thorough public consultation before changing to pre-packed ready meals which are delivered to Oxfordshire from another part of the country.
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Sustain member Behaviour Change have launched Eat Your Veg which encourages UK families to add more vegetables to their diet. Working with retailers, caterers, food service companies and charities, they are encouraging parents to share tips across many media platforms, from twitter to facebook, Instagram to Mumsnet. The website includes a growing library of ideas contributed by parents themselves.
Sustain member Friends of the Earth are promoting a meat-free diet during the month of May to reduce the environmental and health impacts associated with livestock production. Friends of the Earth estimate a shift to lower-meat diets in the UK could save the NHS over £1.2 billion per year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With many people eating meat twice a day, Friends of the Earth have come up with some new meat-free recipes to inspire a change in eating habits.
The Food Ethics Council's Business Forum recently discussed the ethical issues around cultured or lab-grown meat. In a report of the meeting the Council advocated a more open and wide-ranging debate which they said was currently dominated by scientists and a few private companies. The report warned against portraying lab-grown meat as a 'silver bullet' solution to food security problems and cautioned against the notion of an inevitable increase in consumer demand for meat.
The International Permaculture Convergence is taking place in London this September and The Permaculture Association want someone from every country practising permacultue to join in. They've set up a crowdfunding project to offer scholarships to permaculture practitioners world-wide and have had over 60 international applications so far. The conference promotes networking and sharing of ideas on permaculture, which combines ethics, ecological principles and design strategies to create healthy, productive and sustainable systems and settlements.
A new certification mark for meat that comes from animals that only eat pasture has been launched. The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association champions the virtues of pastoral farming where animals only eat grass and forage crops. This, says the Association, produces tastier and healthier food, is environmentally friendly as it has a lower carbon footprint than cereal-fed meat and can be more profitable for farmers. Famers and butchers who follow the Association's production standards can apply the 'Pasture for Life' mark to their products. See also Sustain's guide to eating more sustainable food.
McDonald's recent announcement that it is to increase wages for employees at company-owned restauants (about 10% of its restaurants in the US) has been cautiously welcomed by campaigners. Others have criticised the fast food giant for leaving employees at franchisee operated restaurants without a payrise. The US minimum wage currently stands at $7.25 an hour, McDonald's has said it will pay all employees at its company operated restaurants at least $1 more than the minimum wage. Unions are asking for a rise to $15 an hour and dismissed McDonald's annoucement as a 'publicity stunt'.
In a recent report by Parliament's Health Select Committee MPs have called for the NHS to lead by example so that its properties are not promoting the over-consumption of energy dense nutritionally poor food. Experts told the committee that unlike smoking, where NHS is now effectively a smoke-free environment, the NHS had done little to promote healthy diets on the NHS estate and singled out those hospitals that even had fast-food outlets on their premises. Find out how you can support Sustain's campaign for Better Hospital Food.
The EU milk quota system, set up in 1984, has ended so that EU dairy businesses can compete internationally as dairy markets grow in Asia and Africa. While the European Commission have said they believe international markets like China were keen to take up European dairy products, the UK National Union of Farmers voiced concerns that this could mean further price reductions for English and Welsh dairy farmers and a return to over production and the 'milk lakes' and 'butter mountains' of the 1980s.
The closure of hospital kitchens at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust will mean that more than £1 million of food which can currently be spent on fresh food will now be spent instead on ready meals, creating a loss of more than £3 million in economic benefits for Oxfordshire communities. This includes the loss of local jobs and withdrawal of vital business for local businesses. Support Sustain's campaign and sign the petition to halt the closure of the hospital kitchens.
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.
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Projects & campaigns
Better Hospital Food
Children's Food Campaign
Children's Health Fund
Food and farming policy
London Food Link
Organic Sector Development
Real Bread Campaign
Sustainable Fish Cities
Sustainable Food Cities
The Big Dig