Tilling Soil Harmful in Many Ways

The No-Till Revolution from Science and Development

Brazil’s large farms have long pioneered a green cultivation technique that boosts growth. Now its small farmers — and possibly the rest of the world — are following suit.

Called direct drilling, no-tillage or zero tillage (ZT), the technique is in part praised for fixing carbon in the soil, thereby reducing the amount of carbon dioxide — a greenhouse gas — released into the air. It also prevents soil erosion and therefore demands less irrigation.

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