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‘Soil Health Neglected’

‘Soil Health Neglected’ 23 March 2020

Government accused of ‘staggering’ failure to invest in soil health monitoring (via Business Green)

By Michael Holder

The government has been accused of neglecting soil health in England and thereby potentially heightening the risks of flood, food insecurity, and biodiversity loss, after a freedom of information request revealed it spends just a fraction of its environmental monitoring budget on enhancing and protecting soils.

The Sustainable Soils Alliance (SSA) said it found just 0.41 per cent of England’s total environmental monitoring budget was spent on soil health monitoring in 2017–18, amounting to just under £284,000 that year. In contrast, multi–million pound budgets were assigned to monitoring air and water quality across the UK.

More than £60m was spent on monitoring water quality in England, and another £7.65m on monitoring air quality, the SSA’s Freedom of Information request revealed, prompting the non–profit group to accuse the government of failing to give soil health the attention it needs.

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