Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming

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.


Latest News & Publications

New opportunity for thousands of Londoners to grow more food

A new three year initiative to help 2,000 volunteers get involved in wildlife friendly food growing has been launched by Capital Growth, who run London’s largest food growing network, with over 2,400 member gardens. More

Real Bread Campaign disappointed at ASA sourdough shambles

On 3 February 2016, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that a series of advertisements for ‘sourdough’ toasties were not misleading, despite the product being made with added yeast. More
Real Bread Campaign

Ultra-budget EasyFoodStore opens in Brent

EasyFoodStore has opened its doors in Brent. The retailer promises to offer customers an option between food banks and discount retailers. Prices for most items are just 25p during the first month. More
Food Poverty

A call for national monitoring of food poverty in the UK

A gathering of campaigners and academics at City University in January agreed on the need for a standard, quantitative measure of food insecurity in the UK. More
Food Poverty

Healthy eating for children in care

Three national organizations have come together to address the difficulties cared-for children face in adopting healthy eating practices   More

Supermarket adjudicator must protect farmers

Sustain, the Fairtrade Foundation, Traidcraft, Feedback and the National Farmers Union have joined forces to call for the Groceries Code Adjudicator remit to extend to farmers, to protect them from unfair trading practices by supermarkets. More

Steps towards more sustainable dairy farming

A new report presents practical measures to help the intensive dairy sector adopt less environmentally damaging practices More

Rare cider apple varieties preserved

Hundreds of rare and ancient varieties of cider apple have been donated to the National Trust by a collector More

New brew from waste bread

Anti-foodwaste group Feedback and craft beer maker Hackney Brewery have teamed up to produce Toast Ale, made from bread that would otherwise be thrown away   More

Tesco censured by supermarkets watchdog

Retailer delayed payments to suppliers in breach of the Code of Practice, but can't be fined More

'Climate-smart' farming to harness ICT

The European Commission looks to information technology to help reduce agriculture's GHG emissions   More

GMO toxicity study 'disappears'

Paper claiming that GM Bt176 maize was 'most probably' toxic to animals 'disappeared' from online journal after only one day More

WHO doctored?

NGOs express concern over growing corporate influence at the UN health body More

Mayoral candidates challenged to extend free school meals

A coalition of organisations has launched Family Friendly London, challenging Mayoral candidates to commit to tackling child poverty. More
Food Poverty

Help the organic movement prosper and grow

Join the Organic Trade Board for their annual "Prosper and Grow with Organic" 2016 Briefing on the 2 March. More

Ten reasons to buy and eat local food

The Council for Protection of Rural England (CPRE) have produced the top ten reasons why people should buy (and eat!) local food, based on surveys with 1300 people across 12 towns. More

Lidl becomes UK’s third biggest retailer of MSC certified fish

Discount supermarket Lidl has more than doubled its range of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fish over the last year to become the third largest in the UK, behind Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, who have both also increased their product range. More

Berkeley city council allocates soda tax funds

Last week Berkeley City Council unanimously accepted most of the Sugar Sweetened Beverage Panel of Experts recommendations (Items 33 and 34) to invest into school and community-based efforts to reduce sugary drink consumption and address the health disparities associated with the overconsumption of sugary drinks.  More

Real Bread Campaign loaf labelling lobby

On 20 January 2016, a Real Bread Campaign delegation met representatives of Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) to make progress on the Campaign’s demand for legislation to ensure greater clarity and transparency in loaf labelling and marketing. More
Real Bread Campaign

Sustainable chippies win top prizes

Almost half the winners in the 2016 National Fish and Chip Awards have been won by outlets serving MSC-certified fish More

Latvia restricts sales of 'energy' drinks

Sales of high-caffeine non-alcoholic drinks to under-18s will be banned, and advertising restricted  More

Better food. Better farming. Better lives.

Sustain Strategy 2015 – 2020. We’re pleased to be introducing our guiding document for the next five years. This is the first time that Sustain has produced a strategic vision and its timing is telling. More

Good Food for London 2015

The 2015 edition reveals how London Councils are showing leadership on school food and in other catering under council control but less able to control what goes on outside the school gates. More
London Food Link

Beyond the Food Bank: London Food Poverty Profile 2015

Beyond the Food Bank is London’s first comprehensive food poverty profile. The new report from Sustain’s London Food Link looks at what local authorities are doing to help the most vulnerable access good food. More
Food Poverty

Double Yield: Jobs and sustainable food production

This is a republication of the 1997 report with a new foreword. Double Yield is about getting back something we have lost. We value our countryside, our rural landscapes and wildlife, our rural communities. We value healthy nutritious food and respect for farm animals. Yet we are losing many valued aspects of our natural environments, including meadows, wetlands, woodlands, birds and other wildlife. Increasingly, we no longer trust the food we eat nor believe that all animals are treated fairly. More



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.