Well, there is a bit more to it than that, but that covers a good bit of it.
he idea of no till is that the soil disturbances caused by filling kills the microorganisms and good stuff in the soil.
Pigs roughly speaking till the soil when they root about. Is this a naturally destructive and unwanted behavior in a pig that we have to control or does the no till concept go overboard on the cons of no till.
another thontught came to mind about this. Bears do much the same, digging up the earth, and wolverines and ground squirrels and others. So why am I bringing that up. Because I live in bear country, and country where all these creatures live and I walk in the forest and meadow lands here, I see that there is minimal disturbance/tillage, by these creatures. The majoriity of this area is not tilled by creatures. It is no till. It is nature doing what nature does, with plants to build soil. Conclusion: Taking into consideration the rooting nature of an animal or a group of animals does not take away from the general characteristics of the biome. It is how we as humans choose to make pigs interact with the biome that creates a majority disruptive behavior/situation. No till is natural to a natural system, and creating systems that mimic that as much as possible is likely the best possible thing for the soil health. Pigs rooting up the entire area is not natural. So hedge your bets on designing a pig system that creates the best of both worlds, or deal with their un-naturally confined destruction.
I’m curious how natural the idea is of no till when taking into consideration the rooting tendencies of pigs.
Eliot Mason wrote:Might we connect this to something less abstract?