It could not be more timely that this alliance has come together...You’re going to generate the ideas which will provide us with the material in order that we can continue this work... I hope that you will hold us to account in the course of the next five years.  Right Hon. Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for the Environment

It could not be more timely that this alliance has come together...You’re going to generate the ideas which will provide us with the material in order that we can continue this work... I hope that you will hold us to account in the course of the next five years.

Right Hon. Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for the Environment

This is an historic gathering with an atmosphere I haven't encountered before. What's most exciting is that there are so many diverse groups represented, rather than the old-style polarity of organic farmers in one corner and conventional farmers in the other, as we are all united by the need to restore the fertility of our soils.  Patrick Holden, CEO of the Sustainable Food Trust speaking at the launch of the SSA in Parliament, Oct. 2017

This is an historic gathering with an atmosphere I haven't encountered before. What's most exciting is that there are so many diverse groups represented, rather than the old-style polarity of organic farmers in one corner and conventional farmers in the other, as we are all united by the need to restore the fertility of our soils.

Patrick Holden, CEO of the Sustainable Food Trust speaking at the launch of the SSA in Parliament, Oct. 2017

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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.

Soil health is the biggest environmental issue that most of us have never heard of. Worldwide the manner in which we produce food is causing massive soil damage. This in turn is driving a whole host of other trends, from climate change to river pollution. It is vital that a bright spotlight is shone on the need to restore soils, not only for the benefit of the environment that we all depend upon, but for our food security too. I am delighted that the Sustainable Soils Alliance has taken on this vital task.  Dr. Tony Juniper CBE, Executive Director for Advocacy & Campaigns, WWF-UK

Soil health is the biggest environmental issue that most of us have never heard of. Worldwide the manner in which we produce food is causing massive soil damage. This in turn is driving a whole host of other trends, from climate change to river pollution. It is vital that a bright spotlight is shone on the need to restore soils, not only for the benefit of the environment that we all depend upon, but for our food security too. I am delighted that the Sustainable Soils Alliance has taken on this vital task.

Dr. Tony Juniper CBE, Executive Director for Advocacy & Campaigns, WWF-UK

Thank you, Neville and Ellen, for putting the Alliance together, it’s a magnificent thing. This room is packed full of heroes: YOU can take credit for this amazing shift that’s happened in politics; we have the perfect opportunity now…to get to grips with the problems that have been beautifully identified by people on these panels. It's an extraordinary opportunity.  Zac Goldsmith MP, speaking at the SSA event in response to the 25 Year Environment Plan, March 2018

Thank you, Neville and Ellen, for putting the Alliance together, it’s a magnificent thing. This room is packed full of heroes: YOU can take credit for this amazing shift that’s happened in politics; we have the perfect opportunity now…to get to grips with the problems that have been beautifully identified by people on these panels. It's an extraordinary opportunity.

Zac Goldsmith MP, speaking at the SSA event in response to the 25 Year Environment Plan, March 2018