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Growing a Revolution : Bringing Our Soil Back to Life - David R. Montgomery

Growing a Revolution

Bringing Our Soil Back to Life

By: David R. Montgomery

Paperback | 10 August 2018 | Edition Number 1

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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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"How can humanity feed its burgeoning billions when one-third of agricultural soil is degraded? Pondering that question propelled geologist David Montgomery on a three-decade, six-continent survey of farmland. The insights gleaned add nuance to his pointed critiques of agrotechnology and organic farming, but it's the findings on rapid soil restoration that compel." -- Nature
"Brilliant, well researched, eloquent, and deeply hopeful." -- Denis Hayes, founder of Earth Day
"David Montgomery... is one of our most eloquent and precise earth science communicators... [He] has a knack for opening our minds to large, critically important questions." -- New Scientist
"A wise and grounded book - restored soils are the solution." -- Jules N. Pretty, Professor of Environment and Society, University of Essex, UK
"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
"Montgomery has written another classic. Growing a Revolution is one of the most important books ever written-an engaging and revealing service to human society and our planet." -- Amir Kassam, professor of agriculture, policy and development, University of Reading, UK
"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

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