The Sustainable Soils Alliance is a partnership of farming organisations, businesses, NGOs, applied science and academia working together to reverse the current crisis in soil health and restore our soils to fertility within one generation.
There is a growing sense of urgency around the state of our soils, based on the potentially catastrophic consequences for the nation’s food supply, flood prevention, coastal waters and biodiversity. It is estimated that 1/3 UK soils are already degraded. Good soil management is also essential in the fight against climate change as soils hold up to 3x the carbon stored in the atmosphere and, when sustainably managed, can contribute significantly to decreased GHG emissions.
We work to address this situation by effecting a step change in the political and public understanding and appreciation of soil in the UK - one that will lead to a reversal of land degradation and the restoration of soils to health within one generation.
We focus on a 3-pronged approach of convening, coordinating and campaigning; and our activities commonly fall under 3 pillars of large-scale public events, soil-specific briefing notes and consultation responses, and a constant community 'drumbeat' to generate a shared sense of common purpose and direction.
We are currently actively working on projects in the following areas: