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.
Definitely in the top half. This book isn't overly technical, but it tells enough stories to help reveal a new understanding of soil. Coming out of an era where conservation means "hands off" or "controlled burns", this book outlines an idea that shouldn't have been so elusive for us... natural systems build healthy (carbon rich) soil.
The story gave me enough of an idea of how to build a natural system in my yard, that I built a small garden, and started cultivating natural grass. We'll see how it goes, but the book definitely inspired me to try it.
She plays herself well, as narrator.
The soil that won the climate war.
The book touches on climate change, and the politics on each side of the issue, but really this story is about soil.
Goes through the experiences of many that are doing the right thing in order to re-establish nature's balance
empowerment through knowledge, we all must take back the knowledge of how the planet sustains us, we must take back the responsibility for our nourishment,we must regain power to be stewards and protectors of our only home and in so doing we reclaim the promise that is the birthright of all life to come on our precious blue planet. listen to this book and then act accordingly.
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