Oh, yes, indeed. "Peak soil: unless we act now the very ground beneath us will die" - so says the Soil Association's Helen Browning. And we reckon she's spot on. As she says, "As a farmer, my foremost responsibility is to protect and enhance the soil in my care. It can take more than 500 years to generate an inch of soil, yet our farming activity can erode or degrade it in a decade or two if we are not careful. Even as an organic farmer, where the system is designed to protect and build soils, I’m aware that the move to bigger machinery, the need to cultivate and plough to control weeds, and our seemingly ever more volatile weather can put soils at risk." She remind usthat "trees are incredibly important when it comes to protecting soil" and so urges us to take action such as to "develop more agroforestry systems (mixtures of productive trees or shrubs and crops), so we have the yield, biodiversity and soil protection benefits of many more trees in our landscape" and say that "We also need to start doing more of other things, such as experimenting with growing perennial crops and trees, and recycling sewage sludge safely back to soils"....well, she's got our vote. Check out her full article on the splendid FORKED website: http://forkedmagazine.org/2013/11/08/peak-soil-unless-we-act-now-the-very-ground-beneath-us-will-wither-and-die/
Yup. We can vouch for this. Next thing on our list to do: help everyone SEE the connection, and do what they can in their world (health, planning, child care - whatever it is!) that makes this happen. :) "The Woodland Trust's chief executive has said increasing people's access to green spaces could cut billions of pounds from the NHS healthcare bill.
Sue Holden said it had been calculated that the NHS could save £2.1bn a year if everyone had access to green spaces.
She made the comments at an event to mark the culmination of the five-year Visit Woods project.
Ms Holden added that only an estimated 14% of the UK's population had "easy access to trees".
She told an audience of invited guests at the Houses of Parliament that the link between "healthy woods and healthy lives" was a "connection that really has to be made much more and much more often".
She added: "It is a connection that we know intrinsically, we believe it to be true but - increasingly - it is something that evidence is backing up as well. It has been calculated, for example, that £2.1bn of healthcare costs could be saved if everyone had access to green spaces."
Oh. And we'd be happier, too....;)
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