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The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet Hardcover – 1 Jul 2014

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  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale (1 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609615549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609615543
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.4 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has given me such incredible knowledge and insight into the importance and complexity of soil. I feel closer to nature and the environment, and this book has motivated me to champion a healthy garden and habitat now knowing just how critical the soil is to the planet and civilisation as we know it.

Thanks Kristin, this book has blown my mind.
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Total revelation. Every farmer should read it, then every gardener, then everyone else! JL
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Was bought as a present and the recipient loved it. Then she lend it to me and I loved it too. Fab book about important issues.
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Sadly there's too few of them.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99b79f54) out of 5 stars Heal the Soil to Reverse Global Warming 20 Mar. 2014
By Peter Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I haven't met a soil scientist that I didn't like. They are always quirky, hopeful, and passionate about what they study. It's probably that childlike connection to playing in the dirt... and the realization that is plays such a significant role in life. Although Ohlson is not a soil scientist, she is not stranger to digging deep into topics.

I knew that this would be a good book to read when I picked it up, and as I read on, my conviction was supported. It is a quick read that will reach a mainstream audience, beyond those familiar with Ruth Stout (Gardening Without Work) and William Bryant Logan (Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth).

If you are looking to learn about "new" carbon sequestering techniques, this book is a great introduction to composting, cover crops, no-till farming, and other very modern agro-ecological science. You'll be fascinated to learn how Gabe Brown of North Dakota (who I saw present at the 2012 Quivira Conference!) created 4-feet deep topsoil over his land by going back to the basics!

This is a great book - read and pass along!
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ae576d8) out of 5 stars A MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO ACCEPTS THE FACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE 10 Jun. 2014
By Rondi Lightmark - Published on Amazon.com
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Gardening magazines have told the same story for decades: someone buys a piece of land that is mostly sand or
gravel, and then the gardener brings it back to life by mixing in manure, compost and cover crops. And one day,
the worms appear, a signal that the soil has become a rich and fertile, water-retaining, bed of nourishment for
healthy and robust crops, whether flowers or food.

On our own small plots of land, this is an act of healing and renewal. And Kristin Ohlson's book tells the
same story, that the vast expanses of grassland exploited for centuries, and now turned or turning into desert, can also
be healed and renewed the same way. But to accept the stories of the heroes she shares, is a monumental paradigm shift.
We have to let go of the entrenched thinking that humans know best and return to a partnership with nature.

A central figure in this book is Allan Savory, who understood decades ago that grasslands do not renew themselves, but that
the fertility that was so prized by pioneers was the result of the massive migrations of the buffalo, who crossed the prairies,
stirring and fertilizing the earth where they grazed, and then moving on. Hot sun and low rainfall in the dry seasons did not
matter, because the earth had become a big sponge, retaining water through drought, renewing the water table, able to sustain life.

Ohlson provides a great introduction to Savory's work, which has now become a practice amongst enlightened farmers
and ranchers around the globe. I knew about Savory, but I did not know of the other heroes--soil scientists and farmers
who have been also walking a similar path.

How will the soil save us? Ohlson's book explains why healing the soil is the number one way to sequester carbon and remove it
from our atmosphere.

Monsanto claims to hold the key to survival in the years to come, but its science could not be more wrong. Read this book and
find out why healing the soil is the only true choice for the future, because by healing the soil, there is the greatest chance that
we can reverse climate change in our children's lifetimes.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f52e264) out of 5 stars As a member of a local environmental committee, I look at the world around me differently, moreso after reading this book 26 Mar. 2014
By CLK CarolLee Kidd - Published on Amazon.com
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As a member of a small community environmental group, I found this book so very helpful in bringing others into the loop of caring for my community, which is where it starts, and helping to branch their enthusiasm for the earth's health beyond the gates of just my neighborhood. Kristin shows how it is never too late to begin to care about the integrity of our land, and gives perspective to the fact that the land has been there for us, even when we neglected it. We must consider the actions our neglect will have on our own future, and the time to do it is now.

Anyone who enjoys the air they breathe and the earth beneath their feet, should pick this one up! I didn't just read it, I enjoyed it!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ae5772c) out of 5 stars Great science writing 27 Mar. 2014
By Rachel Dickinson - Published on Amazon.com
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Ohlson writes in an engaging way about soil, soil scientists, and farmers who are trying to take things back to basics in attempts to correct a system that's gotten woefully out of balance. Science and environmental writing at its best.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99b85444) out of 5 stars New Dirt on Dirt 14 May 2014
By George Wilmot - Published on Amazon.com
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Not for climate change deniers or the disinterested. As a lifetime science reader, devoted gardener and very informed and alarmed climate change worrier, I found much I knew -- and much more in-depth information and new findings that I didn't. Ohlson's detailed history of agricultural science, education, Big Ag Business and politics is a well documented indictment of a system geared for profit, power and status quo --rather than rapidly emerging new soil science understanding and win-win climate solutions. Readers who stick with it will be rewarded with an up beat, positive conclusion that points to change and real hope.
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