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The Soil Will Save Us Audiobook

The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Ranchers Are Tending the Soil to Reverse Global Warming

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Jane 15/06/2016
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    "Soil is life"
    What did you like most about The Soil Will Save Us?

    Great story. Good summaries about each of the leading people in soil health. Everyone needs to hear this to save our farms.


    Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favourite?

    I did not like the accents Dina performed for the different nationalities, it was the only thing that took away from the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 19/01/2015
    David 19/01/2015
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    "Rich with information"

    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.

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  • Michael Dowd
    Freeland, WA USA
    20/09/14
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    "Superb science, storytelling, and narration voice"
    What made the experience of listening to The Soil Will Save Us the most enjoyable?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Direct, highly relevant, and superbly well read.


    Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

    The narrator herself.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, I have never heard a better narrator voice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    14/06/15
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Onion
    16/11/14
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    "Easy to Digest Science"
    If you could sum up The Soil Will Save Us in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Structure


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Colorado
    17/07/16
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    "Underground Carbon"
    Where does The Soil Will Save Us rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

    She plays herself well, as narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The soil that won the climate war.


    Any additional comments?

    The book touches on climate change, and the politics on each side of the issue, but really this story is about soil.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • thomas
    21/05/15
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    "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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. A. B. ONEILL
    18/10/14
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    "An important message of hope."
    Would you listen to The Soil Will Save Us again? Why?

    Lots of interesting material and insights.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • gnarhess
    25/06/17
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    "So much important info"

    I highly recommend this book for anyone thinking about the state of our planet. Great info presented in a great way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Denisse pissed off customer
    22/06/17
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    "great introductory book on soil"

    great narration, examples, references and new techniques that help ourselves and our planet. solving climate change now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Russell Keller
    21/06/17
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    "global warming SciFi"

    I am sure the author truly believes her sources of information and desires to be helpful. Good intentions are there, because who wants dirty air. water or a damaged planet. She doesn't blatantly malign those who know climate change data has been falsified to make the people peddling the mis-information more wealthy and powerful, hello Al Gore and his carbon markets. For those of us who refuse to drink this tainted coolaid. the salient bits of her work regarding the importance of healthy soil, are lost.
    If the premise and urgency did not swing on the hinges of global warming. cooling, or climate change (pick your favorite) The book would be worth reading because the soil, as an interconnected organism in the body of our planet, is as important as it is fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chef Tested
    15/06/17
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    "Critical thinking about climate change"

    This book takes the perspective of the farmer, rancher, and land manager and thinks about climate change.

    The scientific studies this book cites says proper land managment can solve the CO2 problem.

    If your a skeptic...Good! Now read the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Rej
    Dublin, Ireland
    11/02/17
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    "dodgy accents"

    The content was interesting but the narrator's attempt at accents was sooo frustrating. An interesting overview of the topic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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