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

Jamie Oliver takes on sugar

Sustain welcomes Jamie Oliver’s new campaign to encourage us to reduce our consumption of sugar. His new programme Sugar Rush puts forward a powerful argument that inaction and voluntary approaches are unacceptable, and that more radical approaches are needed.  More
Sugary Drinks Duty

Sutton Council takes Sustainable Fish Cities pledge

The London Borough of Sutton has become the latest local authority to commit to 100% demonstrably sustainable fish for primary school meals. More

Urban Food Awards finalists announced

Londoners have had their say, the nominations have been counted and here is the shortlist! More
London Food Link

Friends of the Earth mounts legal challenge over pesticides

Sustain member Friends of the Earth has filed a High Court legal challenge to the government's decision to allow farmers to use pesticides restricted by the EU because of bees. More

Germany follows Scotland's lead on GM crops

The German Agriculture Minister has told officials he will seek to use the EU's opt-out to prevent GM cultivation, according to documents seen by news agency Reuters. More

Soil Association launches glyphosate campaign

The organisation's "Not In Our Bread" petition asks UK bread manufacturers and retailers not to use the weedkiller in their products. More

Sustain Ontario Bring Food Home conference

Over 400 food system leaders are getting together for the 4th Bring Food Home conference in Sudbury Ontario in November. More

New research from Diabetes UK shows 60% rise in cases

Diabetes UK say that more than 3 million people in the UK are being treated for diabetes - an increase of nearly 60% in the last decade.  More

Young Food Writer of the Year

Sixteen year old Thomas Moore has won this year's Guild of Food Writers young food writer of the year competition.  More

Scottish GM ban

Scottish rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead has announced the country will ban the growing of genetically modified foods.  More

Landworkers' Alliance Support Dairy Demo

The Land Workers' Alliance are offering to fund three of their members to attend a demonstration in support of dairy farmers in Brussels on September the 7th.  More

Pasture for Life Certification

The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association want more butchers to stock beef and lamb carrying the 'Pasture for Life' certification mark. More

Help improve EU legislation on baby food

International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) has been asking for support to improve EU legislation on baby foods and formulas.  More

US counts the cost of avian flu

The US avian flu crisis may be over for now but it has cost the US egg and poultry industry nearly $390 million in lost exports alone. More

Family Farmers call for Government action

The Family Farmers' Association have launched a new policy document calling on the government to do more to protect smaller and family farms.  More

Calls to Promote Care Farming

A new study commissioned by Natural England recommends fresh measures to promote care farming on prescription.  More

Have your say on Defra's Food and Farming Plan

Defra are holding a series of 'stakeholder engagement events' over the summer to discuss their 25-year food and farming plan. More

New research on food waste puts Britain at the bottom of the league.

Sustain respond by encouraging more work to tackle food waste, building on the many good intiatives already underway in the UK.  More
Food Waste

WHO says Europe has world's lowest breastfeeding rates

The World Health Organisation used World Breastfeeding Week to voice concerns about low rates of breastfeeding in Europe.  More

Wildlife and Countryside Link present Joint Vision

Wildlife and Countryside Link, a consortium of environmental voluntary organisations in the UK are holding a parliamentary reception to present their vision for agriculture and water. More

Government invests in National Fruit Collection

The Government have announced financial backing for the National Fruit Collection at Faversham which they say ensures the UK can "grow more, buy more and sell more British fruit whatever the weather". More

London’s food-lovers prepare for a fortnight of feasting

Urban Food Fortnight, 11-27 September 2015 With a month to go, London’s local food businesses, growers and producers are preparing for the annual celebration of the fantastic food being grown, produced and cooked right on our doorstep.  More

Prime Minister announces plans to boost farm productivity

David Cameron plans to cut 'red tape' including fewer farm inspections in order to boost productivity in the farming sector, which he said would grow food exports by £7 billion.    More

DEFRA's 25 year food and farming plan

DEFRA launch consultation on their 25 year food and farming plan.  More

Register now for Edible Gardens Open Day Saturday 19 September, 2015

From secret gardens to community farms, people will have the chance to explore London’s hidden food growing spaces as they open their gates to the public and celebrate their harvest. More

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

Good Food at Work

How your organisation can improve the food within your office environment, to benefit staff, and help create a more sustainable food and farming system fit for the future. More

Time to come clean about hospital food

Why the government must hand responsibility for monitoring hospital food to an independent body. 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.