How You Can Help
We are campaigning to improve the health of our soil and reduce soil-damaging practices across the UK by:
- improving public understanding of how essential healthy soils are for our survival
- ensuring more land is farmed in a way that helps protect, preserve and nourish the soil for the long-term benefit of people, plants and the planet
- working at improving organic techniques, already known to benefit soils, and sharing our learning with all farmers
We’re calling on the UK Government to commit to a target of increasing UK soil organic matter levels by at least 20% in the next 20 years—an ambitious yet achievable goal.
We need policymakers to start taking soils seriously, and we need the wider public along with farmers, gardeners and allotment growers to help us raise the profile of this fundamental issue.Helen Browning, Chief Executive of the Soil Association
Further, to combat the particular soil damage being done by maize crops, we are calling for:
- a stop to all the subsidies available for anaerobic digesters (AD) fuelled in whole or partly by maize, and an increase in support for biogas from waste
- the removal of maize as a qualifying crop under the greening requirements for 30% of the new Common Agriculture Policy’s Basic Farm Payment
- the EU to remove the Basic Farm Payment for fields growing maize for AD
- the introduction of strict measures for management of maize crops under cross-compliance (requirements for farmers to be eligible for the Basic Farm Payment) - mandating compliance with officially recognised best practice
Join us today, and together we can change Government policy and farming practices so that they protect the health of our soils.
Become a Member
Join us today, and help revitalise our soils.
Other ways you can help:
- Donate to the Soil Association and help us change farming for good.
- Write a letter to your local newspaper and tell them about the crisis facing our soils, and how we’re working to turn it around.
- Tell your MP you want the Government to commit to our goal of improving the organic content of our soils by 20% over the next 20 years.
- Look for the logo. Soil-certified organic farms already practice the seven ways to save our soils that we’ve outlined. When you buy organic, you’re supporting farming methods that improve and preserve the health of our soils.
- Support your soils. All of the practices we’ve outlined for farmers help soils on a smaller scale too. If you have an allotment, a garden, or even a window box, making the switch to organic practices will improve your local soils.
Working and sharing with farmers and growers
Most farmers and growers understand the importance of soils, yet keeping up to date with research and current best practice isn’t easy. We intend to continue building on our work to discover and share the best methods and management tools for improving soils. Working with farmers and growers and expert partner organisations Organic Research Centre and EarthCare Technical, we are reviewing current approaches to soil management. This will allow us to continue developing and field testing methods and tools for soil assessment and management.
Our findings will be turned into practical information and training resources to equip farmers and growers with improved knowledge and understanding of soil health, enabling them to choose appropriate methods to enhance and maintain soil health—the key to good crop health, yield and quality.