Half the £10m, which is said to be needed to protect soils each year, is targeted at “enforcement”. Rather than invest in a state-funded soils police service, we would be far better to use public money to invest in supporting measures, which contribute to healthier soils and provide better expert advice to farmers – who, in our experience, are hungry for good advice (£10m a year needed to ensure England's soil is fit for farming, report warns).
Our soils are a national asset which we should be investing in, not least because they support our indigenous food production system, not just for today, but for generations to come.
Director of policy at GWCT’s Allerton Project
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