- 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)
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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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!
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.
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!