Organic farming is better for the long term health of the soil, according to a new study.
The study of nine farms in England, published in the journal Environmental Microbiology, found that organic farms have a much more diverse range of fungi living in the soil than on conventional farms.
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) has a symbiotic relationship with most plants, allowing the roots to absorb nutrients better and fighting off disease.
Dr Christopher van der Gast, of the CEH, said the use of herbicides and pesticides, as well as constant tilling of the soil breaks down the fungi on intensive farms.
Oh my. So part of it is all to do with the tilling of the soil. So of course they tested no till farming against till farming, didn\’t they?
No till farming being not organic farming.
Oh, no, they didn\’t.