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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Thousands of years of poor farming, ranching, and land practices, especially modern industrial agriculture, have led to the loss of 80 billion tons of carbon from the worlds 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Rodale, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781609615543
Branch Call Number: 631.41 OHLSON
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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