Save Our Soil
Soil is at the heart and soul of our planet. Put simply, we can’t live without it. Despite the fact that healthy soil remains crucial for food production, flood defenses and our ability to tackle climate change, we don’t look after it. The good news is, we can all do something to help protect soils.
As Lady Eve Balfour, founder of the Soil Association said: ‘The health of soil, plant, animal and man is one and indivisible’.
What Is Soil, And Why Does It Need Saving.?
Soil is a combination of minerals, organic matter, air, water and living organisms. We need it to sustain life.
But our soils are degrading at an alarming rate. We have taken soil for granted and now one-third of the world’s arable soils are degraded. The situation becomes even more urgent when we consider that it can take a thousand years for just one centimeter of topsoil to form.
Without Healthy Soil We Wouldn’t Be Able To…
Combat Climate Change
Not only do soils help combat climate change, they also help reduce the effects of climate change.
Healthy well managed soils capture carbon dioxide and store it as soil organic carbon. In the UK, our soils hold an estimated 9.8 billion tonnes of carbon, making them an essential resource in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change.
Feed The Planet
95% of the food that we eat comes from soil. Without lots of healthy soil it would be impossible for farmers to produce food for us.
Essentially, feeding the world starts, and ends, with healthy soil.
Prevent Flooding and Drought
Healthy soil is essential for water storage and preventing floods and droughts.
Healthy soil stores water so that crops have a longer life when a drought kicks in and improves water quality by filtering out pollutants.
Healthy soil also has better soil structure and can reduce soil erosion through water damage.
What We’re Doing To Save Our Soils
Saving our soil is not only necessary but absolutely urgent. We are committed to improving soil health, but what are we doing to make this happen?
We are working with farmers on the ground to test changes to their farming methods that will improve their soil
The methods to help save our soils that we suggest for farmers are used in organic systems. By encouraging all farmers to adopt organic principles we can take a positive step towards saving our soil.