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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Copyright © 2014 Kristin Ohlson.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Where Did All the Carbon Go? 1
Chapter 2 The Marriage of Light and Dark 23
Chapter 3 Send In the Cows 48
Chapter 4 Letting Nature Do Its Job 78
Chapter 5 Cashing In on Carbon 113
Chapter 6 Why Don't We Know This Stuff? 151
Chapter 7 New Bedfellows 188
Chapter 8 Heroes of the Underground 218
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have been so depressed about the environment and our food, but this book offers some hope. It seems to be well-researched and is very readable. A fascinating book!!!
Heal the Soil to Reverse Global Warming I haven't met a soil scientist that I didn't like. They are always quirky, hopeful, and passionate about what they study. It's probably that childlike connection to playing in the dirt... and the realization that is plays such a significant role in life. Although Ohlson is not a soil scientist, she is not stranger to digging deep into topics. I knew that this would be a good book to read when I picked it up, and as I read on, my conviction was supported. It is a quick read that will reach a mainstream audience, beyond those familiar with Ruth Stout (Gardening Without Work) and William Bryant Logan (Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth). If you are looking to learn about "new" carbon sequestering techniques, this book is a great introduction to composting, cover crops, no-till farming, and other very modern agro-ecological science. You'll be fascinated to learn how Gabe Brown of North Dakota (who I saw present at the 2012 Quivira Conference!) created 4-feet deep topsoil over his land by going back to the basics! This is a great book - read and pass along!