Does ploughing actually damage soils and crops?

Our soil also sequesters a lot of carbon so those who are afraid that the planet will cook would do a lot more good if they lobbied for no-till farming as this would make sure that carbon remains where its needed In the ground. Ploughing was invented in ancient Egypt as those folks had to dry the ground after the flooding by the Nile.

A tractor dragging a plough through rich soil and breaking it open is one of the most familiar images of farming. But is this most traditional of agricultural activities doing more harm than good?

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