Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life
For centuries, agricultural practices have eroded the soil that farming depends on, stripping it of the organic matter vital to its productivity. Now conventional agriculture is threatening disaster for the world's growing population. In Growing a Revolution, geologist David R. Montgomery travels the world, meeting farmers at the forefront of an agricultural movement to restore soil health. From Kansas to Ghana, he sees why adopting the three tenets of conservation agriculture--ditching the plow, planting cover crops, and growing a diversity of crops--is the solution. When farmers restore fertility to the land, this helps feed the world, cool the planet, reduce pollution, and return profitability to family farms.
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This is a such an important book...thanks to those who told me to read it...Everyone interested in what we should eat and how we should farm should read it.--James Rebanks, author of The Shepherd's Life
Brilliant, well researched, eloquent, and deeply hopeful.--Denis Hayes, founder of Earth Day
In his reader-friendly style, Montgomery describes the environmental crossroads at which we stand, and shows us not only the devastation, but the potential solution, that exists right beneath our feet.--Hope Jahren, author of Lab Girl
A wonderful read on how to make soil rich and prosperous!--Estella B. Leopold, author of Stories from the Leopold Shack: Sand County Revisited
From Plato to FDR, from George Washington to Gabe Brown, Montgomery shows how all roads lead to the soil--and the potential it holds to redress some of our greatest challenges in the twenty-first century.--Woody Tasch, founder of Slow Money and author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing As If Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered
The insights gleaned add nuance to [Montgomery's] pointed critiques of agrotechnology and organic farming, but it's the findings on rapid soil restoration that compel.
Growing a Revolution presents a clear-eyed examination of a solution to the challenges we face in feeding the world. A joy to read with the bounce and flow of a great biography. I couldn't recommend it more.--Jerry Harrison, keyboardist and guitarist, Talking Heads