SOIL SOAP BOX
Academic, opinion and thought-pieces from Alliance members and supporters.
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.
Eliza Jenkins, June 19
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sue Everett, January 2019
A new study has found pesticide residues in the soils of 11 European countries in six different cropping systems…
Prof Iain Fraser, December 2018
The new Agriculture Bill marks a profound change in the design, delivery and rationale of UK agricultural policy...
Geoffrey Matthews, October 2018
Prof Dieter Helm signals the beginning of a 25 year challenge to institutionalize & operationalize ‘development for sustainable survival’.
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….
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…
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….