With just four weeks left to reach Ireland’s target, we’re calling on all food lovers to add their signature to the People4Soil petition to save our soil. Ireland needs 8,250 signatures before 12 September 2017 to pass the European Citizen’s Initiative petition which is pushing for the European Commission to pass a Directive to safeguard soil. With the help of other top foodies, such as Darina Allen and Garrett Fitzgerald of Brother Hubbard, the Irish branch of People4Soil now has the second highest percentage sign up rate across Europe.

The Environmental Pillar – a coalition of 26 national environmental organisations – is leading the campaign, and is proud to know that so many Irish people care about the protection of our soil for generations to come. Soil is a precious non-renewable resource which we depend on for healthy food, clean water, storing carbon, preventing floods, and ultimately supporting all life. Over the last 50 years, Irish soils have come under increasing pressure from pesticides, afforestation, land use changes, over-farming, erosion, industry and urbanisation. Yet, incredibly, soils are not protected by law.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in the absence of an EU Soils Directive, “the challenge remains to ensure a consistent approach to protecting and managing our limited soil resource”. A European Citizen’s Initiative petition puts a lot of pressure on the European Commission to respond to the call for new rules to protect the soil. Hundreds of thousands of people across Europe have already signed.

Dave and Steve said, “We have a farm where we grow our own fruit and veg, and soil is at the root of everything. So many minerals like calcium and nutrients like vitamin B12 come directly from the soil. If we degrade the soil, we’re degrading our own nutrition and our own health and happiness. It’s so important, please sign this petition by September 12. Give Europe the capacity to protect soil for all of us. It’s quick, snappy and it’ll only take a few seconds of your time.”
You can find more information about the campaign at https://www.people4soil.eu/en and sign the petition here: http://environmentalpillar.ie/people4soil