About Soil Association
The Soil Association is the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use.
The Soil Association is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, charity number 206862 and with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, charity number SCO39168.
The Charity has a wholly owned subsidiary Soil Association Certification Limited, the UK’s largest organic certification body. This is run as a not for profit company that as well as helping to deliver parts of the Charity’s strategy also generates financial returns that are ploughed back into the Charity’s wider work. Find out more about Soil Association Certification.
The Charity helped to establish and has ongoing involvement in the Soil Association Land Trust. The Land Trust is a charity in its own right, charity number 1121011, established to acquire and maintain farmland sustainably and to connect the public with land stewardship.
Our Story So Far
We started out on a single farm. Now we certify 70% of organic food in the UK.
The Soil Association was founded in 1946 by a group of people who were concerned about the health implications of increasingly intensive farming systems following the Second World War. Their main concerns were:
The loss of soil through erosion and depletion
Decreased nutritional quality of food
Exploitation of animals
Impact on the countryside and wildlife