Soil is the heart and soul of our planet
The Soil Association was founded in 1946 by a group of farmers, scientists and nutritionists who observed a direct connection between farming practice and plant, animal, human and environmental health. Today, they are the UK's leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. They have over 150 staff based in Bristol and Edinburgh and working as certification inspectors across the country. The Soil Association's Chief Executive is Helen Browning, who reports to the Council of Trustees.
You might expect something so vital to be organised and supported by the government. But in fact the Soil Association is a charity, reliant on donations and on the support of its members and the public to carry out its work.
The Soil Association is the UK's leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. They help to provide solutions that help people to live, eat, farm and grow with the resources that are available. They want to pioneer new solutions to tackle climate change, support biodiversity, improve animal welfare and champion fairness.
Their work in schools, through the Food for Life Partnership, shows that it is possible to transform food cultures for the better - improving the life and health chances of thousands of children. We are building on this work and helping other communities to build healthier food cultures.
They provide technical support and advice to farmers and businesses, and through our trading subsidiary, Soil Association Certification, they work to create and inspire consumer trust in order to support the organic market. They also work to improve consumer understanding of organic principles and to ensure that the vision, integrity and trust at the core of our certification process are understood by anyone purchasing a product that carries the symbol of Soil Association.