Championing the urgent restoration of Britain's deteriorating soil to prevent flooding, mitigate the effects of climate change and promote national food security
A partnership of farming organisations, businesses, NGOs, applied science and academia working together to restore our soils to health within one generation.
SSA Update: 24 November
We hosted a second UK Farm Soil Carbon Code Stakeholder Workshop on 16 November which provided an opportunity to find out more about the progress on the Code’s creation, discuss some of the scientific and practical issues at stake and give feedback. A recording of the workshop is now available.
We responded to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs' (DAERA) consultation on a draft Northern Ireland Food Strategy Framework, highlighting the importance of soil health in the framework's priorities.
We responded to the Scottish Government's consultation that sets out a number of key questions to inform wider work on the development of agricultural policy and in particular the replacement to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Two soil-related amendments to England's Environment Bill were debated in the House of Lords in September and compelling points where made as to why soils should be better reflected in the Bill. We have outlined why this matters and what we learnt from these debates.
On Tuesday the European Parliament approved new reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the EU's farm subsidy programme, despite environmentalists denouncing its terms as "greenwashing". A new Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC) on soil protection and quality has been added. The proposal will no...
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