Gove warns that UK farmers are 30-40 years away from ‘fundamental eradication of soil fertility’


The UK’s environment secretary Michael Gove has spoken out for the drastic need for the UK’s farmers to tackle the decline in biodiversity and prevent the eradication of soil fertility.

Gove warns that UK farmers are 30-40 years away from ‘fundamental eradication of soil fertility’

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The UK’s environment secretary Michael Gove has spoken out for the drastic need for the UK’s farmers to tackle the decline in biodiversity and prevent the eradication of soil fertility.

The UK’s environment secretary Michael Gove has spoken out for the drastic need for the UK’s farmers to tackle the decline in biodiversity and prevent the eradication of soil fertility.

The Minister's news came at the parliamentary launch of the SSA (Sustainable Soils Alliance) the Guardian has reported.

‘We have encouraged a type of farming which has damaged the earth’ he said.

“If you have heavy machines churning the soil and impacting it, if you drench it in chemicals that improve yields but in the long term undercut the future fertility of that soil, you can increase yields year on year but ultimately you really are cutting the ground away from beneath your own feet. Farmers know that.”

Gove has said that farmers need to be incentivised to tackle the loss of soil fertility and the decline in biodiversity.

The SSA has been formed to bring the UK’s soil back to health within one generation.

The UK Department of Agriculture is currently working on a new 25 year environment plan.

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