Chief Executive, Sustain
Working with the Food Research Collaboration has been a very important opportunity for Sustain and our members to go into depth on vital issues on which we are advocating for change. We were able to bring new rigour to our alliance work on the sugary drinks tax – enabling us successfully to win the case. FRC is also being very helpful in linking the Sustainable Food Cities network (which Sustain helps run) with research and evaluation expertise, vital to make the case for local action.
Working with FRC, we have been able to draw in essential expertise supporting our investigations into agricultural labour; also the implications of Brexit for the food and farming system.
This will become ever more important over the coming years. The FRC has the ‘pulling power’ to convene those with expertise and links in academia, policy-making, business, law and civil society – so essential to understanding both the ramifications of Brexit, and the potential for building a new regulatory framework fit for the future. FRC has also lent its expertise to early discussion by the CSO movement, about the potential for championing an Act of Parliament – a new framework for healthy and sustainable food, farming and fishing.