The Week in Soil

Our weekly blog features the main scientific, political and cultural soil-related stories of interest from across the web over the previous seven days, available on our website and through our Twitter account every Friday morning.

24 September 2021
  • UK’s regulatory bodies call for action
  • Lead up to COP26
  • Sustainable barley trials
  • Chelsea Flower Show winners
  • Plastic impact on soil health
17 September 2021
  • ELM’s lacking farmer support
  • Global impact of agricultural subsidies
  • Delay’s to England’s Environment Bill
  • Saving our Soils report
  • Soil health in Chelsea Flower Show
10 September 2021
  • Soils in England’s Environment Bill
  • Soil loss to increase 13–22.5 % in EU and UK
  • CPRE report on Hedgerows
  • FAO resources on soil organic carbon
  • IUCN World Conservation Congress
03 September 2021
  • Amendments to Environment Bill
  • Inflating figures on nature conservation
  • Soil biodiversity outcome document
  • Diverse landscapes increasing yields
  • Earthworms and soil quality
27 August 2021
  • EA’s regulatory statement on applying organic manure
  • Scotlands ‘New Vision for Land Use’ report 
  • RHS survey on British gardeners peat use 
  • UN Biodiversity Conference delayed
  • Farming systems that promote ecosystem benefit
13 August 2021
  • 6th IPCC report 
  • Local Nature Recovery Strategies consultation
  • Implications of net zero targets for land and food equity
  • Barriers to soil testing for beef and sheep farming
  • Increase in regenerative farming
06 August 2021
  • Expansion of Catchment Sensitive Farming
  • New guidance for Farming Rules for Water
  • German agricultural soils to help flood mitigation
  • Soil moisture driving Africa’s severe floods
  • Petition to ban synthetic pesticides in public areas
30 July 2021
  • Welsh regulations challenged by NFU Cymru
  • Soil loss by water erosion in EU and UK to increase
  • Review of carbon credit protocols 
  • Extreme weather prompts sustainable rotations on pilot farm
  • Irish soil monitoring app
23 July 2021
  • Environment Agency hiring farm inspectors
  • Concerns over biodiversity metric 
  • New York State’s Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Act
  • New buzzword ‘regenerative agriculture’
  • Glossary of farming and environmental jargon
16 July 2021
  • The National Food Strategy
  • Grant awarded to develop and pilot a UK Farm Soil Carbon Code
  • Microsoft requests proposals for CDR tonnage
  • Stakeholder event on the UK soil carbon marketplace
  • Prince of Wales on sustainable agriculture
09 July 2021
  • Defra’s Agricultural Transition Plan
  • EAC calls for urgent shadow target for soil health
  • Soil amendments debated in the House of Lords
  • UN call to restore degraded land
  • Joint NGO letter on peat compost sales
02 July 2021
  • Defra’s Agricultural Transition Plan
  • EAC calls for urgent shadow target for soil health
  • Soil amendments debated in the House of Lords
  • UN call to restore degraded land
  • Joint NGO letter on peat compost sales
25 June 2021
  • Groundswell 2021
  • Environment Bill enters Committee Stage
  • EU CAP failing to support climate-friendly farming
  • Soil farmer of the year
  • Waitrose banning peat compost
18 June 2021
  • The CCC’s Third Climate Change Risk Assessment
  • UK government responds to the Dasgupta Review
  • Defra’s updates to the OIF
  • G7 legacy nature project
  • China’s soil erosion decreases
11 June 2021
  • Updates on Defra’s Sustainable Farming Initiative
  • 2nd annual progress report on Climate Ready Scotland
  • Costs for welsh farmers to comply to river pollution regulations
  • Soil pollution makes headlines
  • McCain’s regenerative agriculture pledge
03 June 2021
  • Failure to protect agricultural pollution of England’s rivers
  • Institute of Government report on post-Brexit regulations
  • Call for Welsh government to ban peat use
  • FAO Soil Pollution report
  • Environment Agency net zero road map
28 May 2021
  • Environment Bill returns to parliament
  • Natural England funding
  • EU reforming the Common Agricultural Policy
  • UK’s first carbon mapping service
  • UKRI trials to absorb CO2
21 May 2021
  • New target for biodiversity in England
  • England’s Peatland and Trees Action Plans
  • Soil as a nature-based solution for COP26
  • Silvopasture trial in Devon
  • Subsoil for climate change predictive models
14 May 2021
  • New Planning Bill
  • European Commission ‘zero-pollution’
  • Nature-based Solution for Climate Change report
  • UK farmers facing extreme weather conditions
  • Australia’s National Soils Strategy
07 May 2021
  • England Environment Bill updates
  • Defra peat restoration grant scheme
  • Pesticides harming soil organisms
  • Soils and Stones report
  • SSA Spring Newsletter
30 April 2021
  • Launch of Global Farm Metrics
  • EU resolution on soil protection
  • NFFN call for Scottish political parties
  • Implementing carbon farming in the EU
  • Policy instruments for soil protection
23 April 2021
  • The Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity
  • Natural England carbon storage by habitat
  • Carbon-sequestration of Irish soils
  • 50 Next selects Soilmentor creator
  • Undies for soil health
16 April 2021
  • State of UK’s woods and trees
  • NFU Cymru launch legal challenge over new water rules
  • New app on Scottish soil erosion
  • Role of legume cultivation for soil and human health
  • Monitoring soil functions in Europe
09 April 2021
  • Peat free April
  • Call for a coalition of river users
  • Potential new committee on Environment and Climate Change
  • Environment Agency video on soil erosion
  • Soil health as a meaningful concept
01 April 2021
  • NFU ‘Confidence Survey’: farmers are increasing soil health investments
  • Environment Agency on environmental assessments for new RBMP
  • Pioneering UK soil carbon capture project
  • BSSS guidance for construction and planning
  • Cacao agroforestry improving soil fertility
26 March 2021
  • Calls for an agroecological bank
  • ‘30 minutes worms’ survey
  • RHS commits to going ‘peat-free’ by 2025
  • 25 years of soil data made freely available
  • Muddy potatoes to reduce food waste
19 March 2021
  • Concerns over SFI’s lack of ambition
  • Issues with the Farming Rules for Water
  • AHDB on soil carbon
  • European Geosciences Union awards 2021 Philippe Duchaufour Medal
  • Deforestation increasing antibiotic-resistant bacteria in soil
12 March 2021
  • Sustainable Farming Initiative (SFI) pilot
  • New SFI soil standards
  • Gender equity in soil science
  • Short film ‘From the Ground Up'
  • Impact of insecticides on soil nesting bees
05 March 2021
  • Whole of Wales made a nitrate vulnerable zone
  • Temporary environment watchdog announced by Defra
  • NGO letter to set legal targets for nature’s recovery
  • Unravelling soil carbon offsets
  • Soil biomes make great wines
26 February 2021
  • Environment Agency report on regulations
  • Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme
  • Forestry Commission accused of damaging peatland
  • Soil carbon in Australia
  • Glyphosate causing soil erosion
19 February 2021
  • Violations of the Farming Rules for Water
  • Growing Back Better report missing food and farming
  • BBC Radio 4 on rotational livestock and building soil carbon
  • Handheld soil probe developments
  • Loss of topsoil in US corn belt
15 February 2021
  • The Improved Countryside Stewardship scheme
  • ELM discussion document responses
  • Impact of CAP on sustainable soils management
  • Tree planting in carbon-rich soils
  • Microsoft buys soil carbon credits
05 February 2021
  • Public Accounts Committee report improvements to natural environment
  • The Dasgupta Review
  • New Welsh regulations
  • Responses to the EFRA Committee's inquiry
  • Peat legislation
29 January 2021
  • Environment Bill delayed
  • Responses to Defra’s Challenges and Choices consultation
  • Soil Association 2020 Progress Report
  • BBC Food article 
  • Microplastics in Mediterranean seagrass soil
22 January 2021
  • This Good Earth premiers
  • Investigating the ‘60 harvests’ left claim
  • UN SoiLEX database
  • Antibiotics in Irish soil
  • Biodiversity in urban soils
15 January 2021
  • One Planet Summit for Biodiversity
  • Oxford Real Farming Conference
  • FAO 2020 updates on agricultural emissions
  • UK emergency authorisation of neonics
  • EU consortium for sustainable agricultural soil management
08 January 2021
  • Office for Environmental Protection leader announced
  • The Good Soil Guide
  • Real Oxford Farming Conference
  • Danone soil health program
  • Farming for Change report
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