Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life

Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life Author David R. Montgomery
ISBN-10 0393608328
ISBN-13 9780393608328
Year 2017-05-09
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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A MacArthur Fellows impassioned call to make agriculture sustainable by ditching the plow covering the soil and diversifying crop rotations The problem of agriculture is as old as civilization Throughout history great societies that abused their land withered into poverty or disappeared entirely Now we risk repeating this ancient story on a global scale due to ongoing soil degradation a changing climate and a rising population But there is reason for hope David R Montgomery introduces us to farmers around the world at the heart of a brewing soil health revolution that could bring humanitys ailing soil back to life remarkably fast Growing a Revolution draws on visits to farms in the industrialized world and developing world to show that a new combination of farming practices can deliver innovative cost effective solutions to problems farmers face today Cutting through standard debates about conventional and organic farming Montgomery explores why practices based on the principles of conservation agriculture help restore soil health and fertility Farmers he visited found it both possible and profitable to stop plowing up the soil and blanketing fields with chemicals Montgomery finds that the combination of no till planting cover crops and diverse crop rotations provides the essential recipe to rebuild soil organic matter Farmers using these unconventional practices cultivate beneficial soil life smother weeds and suppress pests while relying on far less if any fertilizer and pesticides These practices are good for farmers and the environment Using less fossil fuel and agrochemicals while maintaining crop yields helps farmers with their bottom line Regenerative practices also translate into farms that use less water generate less pollution lower carbon emissionsand stash an impressive amount of carbon underground Combining ancient wisdom with modern science Growing a Revolution lays out a solid case for an inspiring vision where agriculture becomes the solution to environmental problems helping feed us all cool the planet and restore life to the land

Dirt

Dirt Author David R. Montgomery
ISBN-10 9780520952119
Release 2012-04-10
Pages 296

The Rocks Don t Lie

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ISBN-10 9780393082395
Release 2012-08-27
Pages 302