Environmental Audit Committee

Soil health inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Deadline for submissions has passed. However, late submissions may still be considered. Please contact the committee if you have any queries. 

Scope of the inquiry

Healthy soils (both urban and rural) are important for food production and human wellbeing. Soil health cannot be measured directly, so indicators (physical, chemical, and biological properties, processes, or characteristics) are generally used. These measurable properties of soil or plants provide clues about how well the soil can function.

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Latest evidence

  • 09 Mar 2016 - Soil Health - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF376 KB) HC 653 | Published 23 May 2016

    Evidence given by Lord Krebs, Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee, and David Thompson, Senior Policy Analyst - Adaptation, Committee on Climate Change, and Peter Melchett, Policy Director, Soil Association; Professor Paul Hallett, University of Aberdeen, Professor Richard Bardgett, University of Manchester, and Professor David Powlson, Rothamsted Research (at 3.15pm).

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