Soil in the Supply Chain

Agriculture policy is influenced by more than just political forces, and much of our work focuses on the all-important food supply chain in order to better understand what impact major buyers and retailers have on soil management practices on-farm.

Areas of influence include contractual relations, assurance schemes, peer-to-peer learning and consumer information and feedback.

We recently began a dialogue with leading UK growers and supermarkets, with the objective to establish a shared understanding of what healthy soils means to these businesses - many of whom are at the cutting edge of championing healthy soil practices. We want to understand where soil sits within their long-term business and environmental strategies - with respect to supply chain security, supplier relations, customer expectations and the provision of fresh, healthy produce.

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