CAROLINE LUCAS MP
Healthy soil is critical to human life on earth and yet almost a third of the world’s arable soils have been lost to erosion and pollution over the last 40 years. The Green Party advocates ambitious action to restore, protect and improve soil health and for this to be at the heart of the 25 Year Environment Plan.
All farming and land uses must protect and enhance the soil, within a strict legislative framework that monitors progress so resources can be accurately directed at soil conservation and restoration on an ongoing basis. We actively support measures to encourage organic farming too and believe the 25 Year Environment Plan should set far reaching targets for the reduction of nitrogen fertilizer use, for improvements to soil organic matter and for the restoration and protection of lowland peat soils. Our environment won’t be protected unless we tackle every aspect of soil health, as well as the role that soil plays when it comes to tackling climate change, reducing flooding and promoting wider biodiversity too.