Academic, opinion and thought-pieces from Alliance members and supporters.

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Simon Parfey, July 19

When you look down at the dark soil, what can we see? Thousands upon millions of bacteria - that all look exactly like little stars. Bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms are busily working away, binding the soil & generating food for plants in the process of living their microscopic existence.

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Eliza Jenkins, June 19

At Sectormentor for Soils - a system that enables on-farm soil health monitoring and assessment - we’ve been researching the science behind on-farm earthworms as found in the European Journal of Soil Science. We chose 4 of our favourite papers and summarised them.

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Matt Orman, June 19

On the day of release of the Environment Agency report for England, the State of the Environment: Soil, SSA Director Matthew reflects on soil’s current place in policy and the significance of soil health problems and solutions highlighted in the report.

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Rebekah Smith, 4/19

Cotton accounts for c.40% of global textile production. Key issues relating to cotton and soil management are chemical use, fertility depletion, pollution & erosion.

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Professor Iain Fraser, 3/19

There are many benefits associated with optimal soil management not captured by the market and ignored when making decisions on soil management.

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Richard Smith, 2/19

I have been working for the last 30 years dealing with runoff causing pollution and flooding, and have dealt with many soil problems over this period.

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Yog Watkins, 2/19

There is a growing interest in the use of natural flood management to slow the flow of water through river catchments.

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Sue Everett, January 2019

A new study has found pesticide residues in the soils of 11 European countries in six different cropping systems…

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Prof Iain Fraser, December 2018

The new Agriculture Bill marks a profound change in the design, delivery and rationale of UK agricultural policy...

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Geoffrey Matthews, October 2018

Prof Dieter Helm signals the beginning of a 25 year challenge to institutionalize & operationalize ‘development for sustainable survival’.

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Craig Sams, May 2018

Forestry and farming are the cheapest and most effective routes to taking carbon out of the atmosphere and sequestering it in soil, trees and buildings….

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Prof Iain Fraser, September 2018

The 25 Year Environment Plan has implications for future policy design, implementation (especially compliance monitoring, regulation and enforcement) and evaluation…

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Dr A Krzywoszynska, July 2018

The critical tension between a farmer’s environmental responsibility and need for productivity was laid bare at Groundswell’s recent event on soil regeneration….