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August 22nd 2018
I have finally got ‘GROWING A REVOLUTION – Bring Our Soil Back to Life’ by David R. Montgomery after waiting Amazon to deliver it after 6 months – don’t ask! I have been wanting to read his book for some time. His book is all about how it is completely possible to save the world’s denuded soils back to life, feed the world, and make more money for farmers, while at the same time absorb most of the CO2 that we have added to the atmosphere through our activities!
He describes traveling around the world meeting hundreds of farmers who have done just that. He also describes how he has seen the soil in his new garden turned from lifeless dirt to thriving, living soil full of worms and beneficial micro-organisms, just by increasing the organic matter. To Quote:
“It was only in retrospect that I realized our garden beds were miniature versions of farm fields. After a few years we started to notice the results. As the soil changed color from khaki to chocolate, life seemed to spring from the earth – worms, millipedes, spiders, and beetles. Pollinating insects and birds soon followed. A roar of life emerged from beneath our feet and rippled above-ground, transforming our yard and our view of the world.
We had rediscovered the tried-and-true practice of using organic matter to build build fertile soil, leading us down the nearly forgotten path of working with nature. Much to my surprise, the soil degradation that had taken down ancient societies was running in reverse right in my own backyard. And it was happening far more quickly than I thought possible.”
I can’t recommend this book enough. If you need to be convinced that we can regenerate the world’s soils and reverse global warming, while feeding the planet – this is the book to read!