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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.
©2013 Kristin Ohlson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Michael Dowd on 09-20-14

Superb science, storytelling, and narration voice

What made the experience of listening to The Soil Will Save Us the most enjoyable?

Some authors include time-wasting details in order to sound like they are telling a story. The author here includes only those details that help the understanding. Also, I have never heard a better reader-voice. Wow!

What did you like best about this story?

Direct, highly relevant, and superbly well read.

Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

The narrator herself.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

Again, I have never heard a better narrator voice.

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By Steven on 06-14-15

A book vital to the human species

The more people read this book and act on it, the less disastrous the 21st century will be for us all.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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By Rej on 02-11-17

dodgy accents

The content was interesting but the narrator's attempt at accents was sooo frustrating. An interesting overview of the topic.

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By Jane on 06-15-16

Soil is life

What did you like most about The Soil Will Save Us?

Great story. Good summaries about each of the leading people in soil health. Everyone needs to hear this to save our farms.

Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favourite?

I did not like the accents Dina performed for the different nationalities, it was the only thing that took away from the book.

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By David on 01-19-15

Rich with information

My interest in this book stemmed from my interests in gardening and a growing scepticism about the amount of manufactured soil additives I was constantly being told I should be using. To me, it wasn't making sense, plants thrived for eons without manufactured additives, what made gardens today so different? This book explores real world examples of how it's not only possible to eliminate the dependency, but how it's also an enormously beneficial step for agriculture, society, the environment and of course plants and soil. It's full of fantastic examples and explanations from agricultural pioneers around the world.

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