Commentary: No-till being blamed for green slime
He did write that “most corn acres are still not using no-till or conservation tillage, so it is possible that further adoption could make matters even worse.”
The self-claimed scientist condemns “industrial agriculture” as destroying the earth and environment and being unsustainable agricultural production.
“A lesson in all of this is that reductionist approaches to ecological issues that narrowly focus on solving one problem, such as soil erosion, without understanding the entire agricultural ecosystem are vulnerable to missing harmful unintended consequences. No-till is a valuable practice in some respects, but as used in industrial agriculture, it depends on heavy use of herbicides, which cause their own harm to agroecosystems, such as loss of habitat for monarch butterflies, bees, and other helpful organisms,” he wrote.
He also wrote that “industrial no-till” is one of the “few practices that big ag can promote that has some environmental benefits. And unlike agroecology, it depends on expensive purchased products. That’s good for the industry’s bottom line, but not so good for the rest of us.”
Here is another “scientist” who finds blame with conventional farming practices and ag professionals for helping farmers raising food and feed. His agroecology— or basically forms of organic—farming cannot feed the world, but that doesn’t matter.
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- Tremendous response to Iowa’s new nutrient reduction program
- A good corn crop is taking shape
- Drones draw interest to crop scouting and other new farm uses
- Renegotiating cash rents down for 2015
- U.S. farmers resort to giant storage bags to avoid cheap sales