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The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet [Format Kindle]

Kristin Ohlson

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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. In The Soil Will Save Us, 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.

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.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Heal the Soil to Reverse Global Warming 20 mars 2014
Par Peter Harris - Publié sur
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!
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Par Rondi Lightmark - Publié sur
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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.
16 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 As a member of a local environmental committee, I look at the world around me differently, moreso after reading this book 26 mars 2014
Par CLK CarolLee Kidd - Publié sur
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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!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great science writing 27 mars 2014
Par Rachel Dickinson - Publié sur
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.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 New Dirt on Dirt 14 mai 2014
Par George Wilmot - Publié sur
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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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