Following a National Forum on Cover Crops and Soil Health, producers became interested in conducting on-farm demonstrations to improve soil health through cover crops.
Dr. David Montgomery of the Dig2Grow team is at it again in this groundbreaking article that cuts through some nasty and pervasive myths about food and agriculture. Professor Montgomery notes “The key to sustaining highly productive agriculture lies in rebuilding healthy, fertile soil.”
Here are three big myths that he goes on to disprove:
Myth # 1, that large-scale agriculture feeds the world today: not true because family farms produce more than 75% of the world’s food today.
Myth #2, that large farms are more efficient: not true because small diverse farms produce more than twice as much per acre as large farms.
Myth # 3, that conventional farming is needed to feed the world: not true because conventional farming depletes and degrades the soil, making it unsustainable over time.
Check out the whole article, “Healthy soil is the real key to feeding the world.”