The Soil Will Save Us

The Soil Will Save Us

How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet

Book - 2014
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Journalist and bestselling author Kristin Ohlson makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for "our great green hope"--a way in which we can not only heal the land but also turn atmospheric carbon into beneficial soil carbon--and potentially reverse global warming.

Thousands of years of poor farming and ranching practices--and, especially, modern industrial agriculture--have led to the loss of up to 80 percent of carbon from the world's soils. That carbon is now floating in the atmosphere, and even if we stopped using fossil fuels today, it would continue warming the planet.

As the granddaughter of farmers and the daughter of avid gardeners, Ohlson has long had an appreciation for the soil. A chance conversation with a local chef led her to the crossroads of science, farming, food, and environmentalism and the discovery of the only significant way to remove carbon dioxide from the air--an ecological approach that tends not only to plants and animals but also to the vast population of underground microorganisms that fix carbon in the soil. Ohlson introduces the visionaries--scientists, farmers, ranchers, and landscapers--who are figuring out in the lab and on the ground how to build healthy soil, which solves myriad problems: drought, erosion, air and water pollution, and food quality, as well as climate change. Her discoveries and vivid storytelling will revolutionize the way we think about our food, our landscapes, our plants, and our relationship to Earth.
Publisher: [Emmaus, Pennsylvania] : Rodale, [2014]
ISBN: 9781609615543
Branch Call Number: S596.3 .O35 2014
Characteristics: xiii, 242 pages ; 23 cm


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Jan 28, 2016

This author has a refreshingly positive outlook on the future of farming in this world. She has done an extensive amount of research with farmers who have proven that the no-till method works to build topsoil. From Wikipedia: "No-till farming (also called zero tillage or direct drilling) is a way of growing crops or pasture from year to year without disturbing the soil through tillage." Hopefully more farmers will see the light.

Oct 07, 2014

Well written by a good science writer with a warm sense of humor, describing how the soil works and how some progressive farmers and scientists and even the USDA is discovering the ability of good soil to help with carbon sequestration. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and had a hard time putting it down. Very informative and should be read after reading Courtney White's book, Soil, Grass, Hope.

May 08, 2014

Sadly there is very little info here. WSU, OSU and UCD have been studying no-till farming and the effects on carbon sequestration for years now. These universities and more have written a lot on the subject and are generally clearer and more up to date.


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