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