http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8272022.stm September 24 2009
Hilary Benn - on the importance of soil
"Soil is one of the building blocks of life. Good quality soils are essential for a thriving farming industry, a sustainable food supply, and a healthy environment.
Britain's soils hold more carbon than all the trees in Europe's forests - and their protection is critical if we are to successfully combat climate change.
This is an important step in increasing the value we place on soil, and will safeguard this vital resource now and in the future."