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.
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!
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 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.
Goes through the experiences of many that are doing the right thing in order to re-establish nature's balance
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was about as entertaining as a book about soil can be. I understand it is the author's prerogative, but I detected a liberal bias as if Al Gore was the ultimate answer to the problem of global warming. I thought the narration was well done for the most part, but there were several misprounciations of cities I am familiar with. I just feel it is a sign of laziness on the side of the narrator not to clarify how to pronounce city names.
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.
Will we ever figure it out? Why do we give in to the Monsantos and Duponts out there? They have hijacked the agricultural system to their own personal greed. Kristen has laid out the obvious. Now if we could only set aside the needs for big profits we may be able to save the soil - and save the world.
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