#SaveOur Standards Campaign
Trade deals could be the biggest thing to change the game for child health in decades. And if we aren’t careful, they could be really bad news for the food we eat.
We all want trade. But we don’t want to enter a race to the bottom and allow low quality products to flood the UK. Chlorinated chicken will be just the tip of the iceberg. We’re talking about meat produced with growth hormones and high amounts of antibiotics, crops grown with illegal pesticides that are harmful to bees, and a flood of sugary and ultra-processed products, promoted with massive marketing spends and without clear labelling to tell us what we’re really eating. We want all young people to have opportunities to be healthy, and have access to good quality, good value food, no matter where they live.
Since Jamie Oliver first wrote a letter to the Prime Minister in the Mail on Sunday back in May (here), we’ve made a lot of noise and the public support has been overwhelming. We released a film (watch it here) and got 50,000 people to email their MP. Altogether, petitions calling on the Government to uphold environmental, animal welfare and health standards in trade deals have received a whopping 2.65 million signatures combined. And #SaveOurStandards hashtag has reached over 11 million people.
The Government responded to our pressure. It has now repeatedly reassured the public that it will not compromise our standards, and even announced that it will meet some of our demands to make the Trade and Agriculture Commission stronger. But there still aren’t any environmental, animal welfare or public health experts on the top table of the Commission. So our job isn’t quite done yet...