Soil health – parliamentary inquiry into an essential of life
MPs are looking in detail into the health of soil - an essential element of life.
The Committee holds it first evidence session in its Soil Health inquiry, with witnesses from the academic and environmental sectors.
Soil contains the organic and non-organic materials in which plants grow. But its quality can diminish, often because of human activity. Degradation of the quality of soil can have implications for some of its many properties that are valuable for biodiversity. Degradation can also affect agricultural productivity and soil’s ability to retain water, carbon or nutrients.
Areas of questioning at the session could include:
- the current state of the over 700 types of soil in the UK
- what we know about soil health trends
- the current regulation of soils
- the government’s strategy and targets for improving soil health