Improving our approach to soil management is an important part of the 25 Year Environment Plan’s aim to manage natural resources more sustainably. However, concerns are being expressed that landowners and land managers may benefit from public funding for soil management through improvements in productivity and income. Handing back sole responsibility for the health of the nation’s soil to farmers has the potential to repeat 70 years of exactly the same mistake. Land managers must be incentivised to manage their soils responsibly – for theirs and the public’s benefit – but also to safeguard future food production.
- Dr Alastair Leake, Director of Policy & Allerton Project, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
- Paul Knight, Chief Executive, Salmon & Trout Conservation