The Soil Will Save Us

  • by Kristin Ohlson
  • Narrated by Dina Pearlman
  • 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

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Good book; one disappointment

This is a good book that needs to be read and have its suggestions about carbon sequestration implemented. One disappointment, though, is that it is just another environmental narrative that takes animal agriculture as a foregone conclusion, when working to reduce the animal products we consume overall also would make huge strides to reducing land and water use and greenhouse gas production, as well as help feed our growing population (by growing food directly for humans instead of processing calories through animals).

Through much of the book, there is the notion of bovines being good for the soil, so ranching cattle on grass must be good. Clearly, cattle and grassland have evolved together, so a mutually beneficial relationship makes sense, and this is better than CAFOs. But just because cows are good for grass doesn't mean we have to eat them.

One additional note is that I prefer when narrators do not attempt to do accents...

Overall a worthwhile read/listen. I learned a lot of useful info and am hopeful that our society will heed the message.
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- John

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!
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- thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-18-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios