SOIL IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Agriculture policy is influenced by more that 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.

Below are a few examples of the headline sustainability policies of the major UK supermarkets - and those programmes that affect soil health directly.

Environment & sustainability policies of the UK’s major supermarkets -

ASDA: Sustainability at ASDA

Coop: The Future of Food

Marks & Spencer: Plan A (June 2017)

Morrisons: Corporate Responsibility report (2017/18)

Sainsburys: Sustainability Update (2018)

Tesco: Little Helps Plan (October 2017)

Waitrose: Sustainability for Life

Soil health-specific initiatives and policies:

ASDA / LEAF     Simply Sustainable Soils guide    6 simple steps for your soil to help improve the performance, health and long term sustainability of your land.

ASDA / LEAF

Simply Sustainable Soils guide

6 simple steps for your soil to help improve the performance, health and long term sustainability of your land.

ASDA     Sustainable Soils Survey 2018    A survey of our fresh produce supply chain to find out more about the positive actions growers are taking to ensure their soil is healthy and sustainable.

ASDA

Sustainable Soils Survey 2018

A survey of our fresh produce supply chain to find out more about the positive actions growers are taking to ensure their soil is healthy and sustainable.

Waitrose     7 Point Plan for Pollinators / Bee App    Over the past 60 years 97% of UK wild flower meadows have been lost and along with them 20 bee species have disappeared.

Waitrose

7 Point Plan for Pollinators / Bee App

Over the past 60 years 97% of UK wild flower meadows have been lost and along with them 20 bee species have disappeared.

Tesco     Sustainable Agriculture    Agriculture accounts for 60+% of Tesco emissions and 97% water use. 1/3 soil used for farming globally is degraded. Also - details of the project to improve water quality & soil health in East Anglia.

Tesco

Sustainable Agriculture

Agriculture accounts for 60+% of Tesco emissions and 97% water use. 1/3 soil used for farming globally is degraded. Also - details of the project to improve water quality & soil health in East Anglia.

Morrisons     Grassland Soils & Fertilisers: Digging out the answers    (2011)   The management of soils and nutrients is the base of any farming system that produces milk and meat. Soil is the fundamental growth medium on which grass and crops live. Soil is a legacy we leave for the next generation.

Morrisons

Grassland Soils & Fertilisers: Digging out the answers (2011)

The management of soils and nutrients is the base of any farming system that produces milk and meat. Soil is the fundamental growth medium on which grass and crops live. Soil is a legacy we leave for the next generation.