Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life

Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life

by David R. Montgomery


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

Finalist for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
“A call to action that underscores a common goal: to change the world from the ground up.”—Dan Barber, author of The Third PlateFor centuries, agricultural practices have eroded the soil that farming depends on, stripping it of the organic mattervital 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393608328
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 207,613
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

David R. Montgomery is a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Anne Biklé, and Loki, their guide-dog dropout.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

1 Fertile Ruins 17

2 Myths of Modern Agriculture 32

3 Roots of the Underground Economy 41

4 The Oldest Problem 51

5 Ditching the Plow 66

6 Green Manure 90

7 Developing Solutions 115

8 The Organic Dilemma 142

9 Carbon Cowboys 166

10 Invisible Herds 196

11 Farming Carbon 220

12 Closing the Loop 246

13 The Fifth Revolution 266

Acknowledgments 285

Notes 287

Sources 290

Index 309

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