Farmers are being urged to adopt technology that allows “no tilling and low tilling” in a move that would also reduce the environmental impact of food production.
The Soil Association, which champions organic farming, criticised the Government’s plan, describing it as unambitious. It is calling for more farms to convert to organic production techniques to boost carbon capture.
Peter Melchett, its policy director, said: “The Government states that historically soil was protected using good agricultural management techniques such as crop rotation, which allowed soils to naturally regenerate and grow crops sustainably.
“Organic farming is underpinned by such practices and, along with its recognised ability to store soil carbon, should be acknowledged as a key approach to protect our vital soils.”
As I understand it, organic cannot be no till. For you need to plough and farrow in order to get rid of the weeds: or you have to use herbicides.
As in organic you cannot use herbicides then you have to plough and farrow.
If that is indeed true (please correct me if wrong) the Melchett is lying through his teeth, isn\’t he?