Agriculture Bill revisions bring new focus on soil health

Ministers have tweaked the text of the Agriculture Bill to emphasise safeguarding and improving soil quality, but the latest version of the flagship legislation does not include any binding commitment to uphold food standards after Brexit.

by Simon Pickstone
The Agriculture Bill aims to reward farmers to provide environmental services such as protecting soil health and restoring or protecting "cultural or natural heritage". Photograph: Richard Newstead/Getty Images
The Agriculture Bill aims to reward farmers to provide environmental services such as protecting soil health and restoring or protecting "cultural or natural heritage". Photograph: Richard Newstead/Getty Images

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