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.
Great story. Good summaries about each of the leading people in soil health. Everyone needs to hear this to save our farms.
I did not like the accents Dina performed for the different nationalities, it was the only thing that took away from the book.
My interest in this book stemmed from my interests in gardening and a growing scepticism about the amount of manufactured soil additives I was constantly being told I should be using. To me, it wasn't making sense, plants thrived for eons without manufactured additives, what made gardens today so different? This book explores real world examples of how it's not only possible to eliminate the dependency, but how it's also an enormously beneficial step for agriculture, society, the environment and of course plants and soil. It's full of fantastic examples and explanations from agricultural pioneers around the world.
"Superb science, storytelling, and narration voice"
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.
"A book vital to the human species"
The more people read this book and act on it, the less disastrous the 21st century will be for us all.
"Easy to Digest Science"
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.
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.
"If you have a problem with is amazing book it's not the book"
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!
"An important message of hope."
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.
"A detailed summary of"
This book is an engaging and well sourced summary of current progressive thought on soil science and restorative agriculture, and the impact these developments may have on environmental quality and environmental risk mitigation.
"Gets to the "roots" of what will save us."
I now have hope for the future of our planet thanks to this book. It's so simple: just aknowledge and work with nature instead of against it. Don't be afraid of and forget to pay homage to the little critters that we can't see...
"This book left me empowered and optimistic"
I never imagined that there was a simple way to solve both climate change and the obesity epidemic. Fix the soil with no tilling, coctail cover crops and mob grazing and we end up with pesticide free organic food and pasture raised meat and eggs at regular prices. At the same time we have a bi-partisan accepted way of sequestering carbon. I love that conservative farmers are leading the movement. We need that more than ever today!Thank you Kristin for pulling all this together.
"For the farmer"
Enough detail to understand the mechanics behind no till and Carbon sequestration. Must read! Definitely changed my mind.
The content was interesting but the narrator's attempt at accents was sooo frustrating. An interesting overview of the topic.
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