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.
©2013 Kristin Ohlson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Some authors include time-wasting details in order to sound like they are telling a story. The author here includes only those details that help the understanding. Also, I have never heard a better reader-voice. Wow!
Direct, highly relevant, and superbly well read.
The narrator herself.
Again, I have never heard a better narrator voice.
This book functions as an elegant and exceptionally persuasive argument for completely rethinking our relationship with the earth and how we grow what we need to exist. Bravo!
This author writes about carbon sequestration and climate change in a a logical and easy to understand way. The scientific explanations provided are both accurate and surprisingly (for a non-science writer) thorough. The Soill Will Save Us should be required reading for high school students and freshman science majors. It's also great for those starting to learn about climate change too. And for the more advanced, this book is a great instructional tool for students, as well as vindication to know that the message is tricking out to non-scientists. Ohlson does a great job presenting complex ideas - making it easy to digest for us all.
Lots of interesting material and insights.
The accents are terrible! The narrator tries to imitate an indian which I find distracting because it is so poorly done. Also she tries to imitate Australian ones which insulted me!!!!
Some very interesting information and great to learn that the ability to heal our planet is indeed in the very substance that made us, the earth.
Inspiring and world reaching. The author takes you across the globe to different farmers and soil builders who are achieving amazing results and showing you how do do it to. I would recommend to any farmer, small or large scale, plus anyone who might enjoy food that is not grown in a lab to see where the real story is.
Never gave much thought before to the interconnection of policy makers, activists and the power of the market demands . But it appears to be as complex as the soil structure below our feet. yet really such a simple solution we can't ignore.
This is a good book that needs to be read and have its suggestions about carbon sequestration implemented. One disappointment, though, is that it is just another environmental narrative that takes animal agriculture as a foregone conclusion, when working to reduce the animal products we consume overall also would make huge strides to reducing land and water use and greenhouse gas production, as well as help feed our growing population (by growing food directly for humans instead of processing calories through animals).
Through much of the book, there is the notion of bovines being good for the soil, so ranching cattle on grass must be good. Clearly, cattle and grassland have evolved together, so a mutually beneficial relationship makes sense, and this is better than CAFOs. But just because cows are good for grass doesn't mean we have to eat them.
One additional note is that I prefer when narrators do not attempt to do accents...
Overall a worthwhile read/listen. I learned a lot of useful info and am hopeful that our society will heed the message.
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