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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This author writes about carbon sequestration and climate change in a a logical and easy to understand way. The scientific explanations provided are both accurate and surprisingly (for a non-science writer) thorough. The Soill Will Save Us should be required reading for high school students and freshman science majors. It's also great for those starting to learn about climate change too. And for the more advanced, this book is a great instructional tool for students, as well as vindication to know that the message is tricking out to non-scientists. Ohlson does a great job presenting complex ideas - making it easy to digest for us all.

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- Wild Onion

An important message of hope.

Would you listen to The Soil Will Save Us again? Why?

Lots of interesting material and insights.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The accents are terrible! The narrator tries to imitate an indian which I find distracting because it is so poorly done. Also she tries to imitate Australian ones which insulted me!!!!

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Some very interesting information and great to learn that the ability to heal our planet is indeed in the very substance that made us, the earth.

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- Dr. A. B. ONEILL

Book Details

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