The Week in Soil

The WWF, The Rivers Trust and The Angling Trusts have published a report telling the government they need to invest £10 million a year to protect England's soils and ensure future food security.

Could mob grazing – whereby fields are given more time to rest and are not grazed as hard – enable livestock farmers to enhance their soil health cheaply, without having to drastically alter their systems. 

"Seeding Soil’s Potential," is the first ever position paper report by – you guessed it, Wrangler Jeans, who have examined the economic and environmental value of building healthier soil.

A satellite launched into space this week will measure soil moisture and crops for food security and precision farming purposes – and the majority of information it collects will be freely available to anyone in the world.

And going the other direction, NASA and the European Space Agency this week signed a statement of intent to explore the various ways in which Martian soil samples might be collected and delivered back to Earth. 

“You don’t grow plants, you grow the soil. You build the soil, and as a bonus you get good plants,” – that according to one of the gardeners from an innovative community forest garden and permaculture demonstration space in Bedford Fields, Leeds.

Arid and semi-arid regions around the world store approximately 27% of all soil organic carbon, playing an important role in the global carbon cycle – afforestation could dramatically increase this rate, according to new Chinese research.

Homes in developing countries could be built from “Supermud” a strong and environmentally-friendly construction material made by adding alkaline chemicals similar to those found in household cleaning products to soil.