DEFRA’s ‘staggering underinvestment’ in soil monitoring revealed by FOI

DEFRA is spending just 0.4% of its total environment monitoring budget on soil monitoring each year, according to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request response.

DEFRA’s ‘staggering underinvestment’ in soil monitoring revealed by FOI 

The Sustainable Soils Alliance (SSA), which made the request, said the failure to invest in monitoring soil in England “is leaving the public in the dark about the true state of the environment – resulting in heightened flood risk, threats to food security and loss of biodiversity”.

SSA, an alliance of farming organisations, businesses and NGOs, added that the underinvestment in soil monitoring means there is no usable data for English soils, leading to a “continued government neglect of soil health with significant repercussions for our natural environment”.

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