Opinion: Chemicals used in no-till farming
In “Field Day is all about soil conservation,” published Thursday, Sept. 4, Zach Despart writes about local farmers meeting to talk about cover crops and no-till farming. I was happy to learn that more farmers are working in ways that are better for the land, water and climate.
I worry, though, that something is missing from the piece: No-till farming very often relies on the herbicide glyphosate — commonly sold as Roundup — to kill weeds that have overwintered before farmers plant their spring crop.
There is still controversy about the short- and long-term effects of Roundup on soil, water, worms, insects and food grown on treated soil.
Was chemical use in no-till farming part of the discussion that day?
Whether it was or not, I hope Zach Despart will write about this aspect of no-till farming.
Anna Rose Benson
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